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unstable

(ŭn-stā′bəl)
adj. unsta·bler, unsta·blest
1. Chemistry
a. Decomposing readily.
b. Highly or violently reactive.
2. Physics
a. Decaying with relatively short lifetime. Used of subatomic particles.
b. Radioactive.

un·sta′ble·ness n.
un·sta′bly adv.

unstable

adjective Referring to the structural or physical lability or instability of a chemical or other substance during production, transportation, or storage. See Unstable reactive substance.
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