Labile

Adjective

  • Apt or likely to change.
  • Liable to slip, err, fall, or apostatize.
  • (chemistry, of a compound or bond) Kinetically unstable; rapidly cleaved (and possibly reformed).

    "Water ligands typically bind metals in a labile fashion and are rapidly interchanged in aqueous solution."

  • "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."

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