1. (chemistry, physics, biology) readily undergoing change or breakdown
Similar word(s): reactive
2. liable to change
- an emotionally labile person
Sentences with labile as an adjective:
- Certain drugs can be conjugated to polymer molecules with a linkage that is labile at low pH to effect controlled release in a cellular endosome.
- Water ligands typically bind metals in a labile fashion and are rapidly interchanged in aqueous solution.