Labile Atmosphärenschichtung
Labile Atmosphärenschichtung (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



: labile \LAY-byle\ adjective

1 a : readily or frequently changing: as b : readily or continually undergoing chemical, physical, or biological change or breakdown c : characterized by wide fluctuations (as in blood pressure) d : emotionally unstable


The researcher spent years studying chemically


A medical student checking blood pressure usin...
A medical student checking blood pressure using a sphygmomanometer and stethoscope. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


compounds in the hopes that they could be adapted into new medications.

“Pat takes this to heart. He develops ‘game plans’ for how he will handle conflicts and setbacks. And he applies them to his burgeoning relationship with an emotionally labile young woman who recruits him to train for a dance competition with her.” — From a movie review by Christen Giblin in the Sentinel-Tribune (Ohio), April 25, 2013

Did you know?

We are confident that you won’t slip up or err in learning today’s word, despite its etymology. “Labile” was borrowed into English from French and can be traced back (by way of Middle French “labile,” meaning “prone to err”) to the Latin verb “labi,” meaning “to slip or fall.” Indeed, the first sense of “labile” in English was “prone to slip, err, or lapse,” but that usage is now obsolete. Other “labi” descendants in English include “collapse,” “elapse,” “prolapse,” and simply “lapse.”





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