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labile

 [la´bīl]
1. gliding; moving from point to point over the surface.
2. unstable; fluctuating.
3. chemically unstable.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

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]
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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.
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labile

adjective Psychology Moody, volatile
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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]
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labile

Liable to change. The term is applied to the emotions as well as to physiological change.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

labile

liable to chemical or other change.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005

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]
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