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labile

 [la´bīl]
1. gliding; moving from point to point over the surface.
2. unstable; fluctuating.
3. chemically unstable.

la·bile

(lā'bīl, -bil), Do not confuse this word with labial. Unstable; unsteady, not fixed; denoting:
1. An adaptability to alteration or modification, that is, relatively easily changed or rearranged.
2. Certain constituents of serum affected by increases in heat.
3. An electrode that is kept moving over the surface during the passage of an electric current.
4. In psychology or psychiatry, denoting free and uncontrolled mood or behavioral expression of the emotions.
5. Easily removable, for example, a labile hydrogen atom.
[L. labilis, liable to slip, fr. labor, pp. lapsus, to slip]

labile

/la·bile/ (la´bīl)
1. gliding; moving from point to point over the surface; unstable; fluctuating.
2. chemically unstable.

labile

(lā′bīl′, -bəl)
adj.
1. Open to change; readily changeable or unstable: labile chemical compounds; tissues with labile cell populations.
2. Fluctuating widely: labile hypertension; labile emotions.
3. Decomposing readily: the labile component of organic matter.

la·bil′i·ty (-bĭl′ĭ-tē) n.

labile

[lā′bil]
Etymology: L, labilis, slipping
1 unstable; characterized by a tendency to change or be altered or modified.
2 (in psychiatry) characterized by rapidly shifting or changing emotions, as in bipolar disorder and certain types of schizophrenia; emotionally unstable. lability, n.

labile

adjective Psychology Moody, volatile

la·bile

(lā'bīl)
Unstable; unsteady, not fixed; denoting: (1) an adaptability to alteration or modification, i.e., relatively easily changed or rearranged; (2) constituents of serum affected by increases in heat; (3) an electrode that is kept moving over the surface during the passage of an electric current; (4) psychology Free and uncontrolled mood or behavioral expression of the emotions; (5) easily removable (e.g., a labile hydrogen atom).
[L. labilis, liable to slip, fr. labor, pp. lapsus, to slip]

labile

Liable to change. The term is applied to the emotions as well as to physiological change.

labile

liable to chemical or other change.

la·bile

(lā'bīl) Do not confuse this word with labial.
1. An adaptability to alteration or modification.
2. Constituents of serum affected by increases in heat.
3. Easily removable, e.g., a labile hydrogen atom.
[L. labilis, liable to slip, fr. labor, pp. lapsus, to slip]

labile (lā´bīl),

adj unstable, as labile fever.

labile

1. gliding; moving from point to point over the surface; unstable; fluctuating.
2. chemically unstable.