adjective Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1904 unstable when heated; specifically subject to loss of characteristic properties on being heated to or above 55°C (131°F) <
many immune bodies, enzymes, and vitamins are thermolabile
thermolability noun

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  • thermolabile — [ tɛrmolabil ] adj. • 1905; de thermo et labile ♦ Sc. Qui subit des modifications ou qui perd de ses propriétés lorsqu une élévation de température déterminée s est produite. ⊗ CONTR. Thermostable. ● thermolabile adjectif Se dit d une substance… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Thermolabile — refers to a substance which is subject to destruction/decomposition or change in response to heat. This term is often used to describe biochemical substances. For example, many bacterial exotoxins are thermolabile and can be easily inactivated by …   Wikipedia

  • thermolabile — [thʉr΄mōlā′bəl] adj. [ THERMO + LABILE] designating or of substances, as some toxins, enzymes, etc., that are destroyed or lose their characteristic properties when subjected to heat, esp. to a temperature of 55°C (131°F) or above thermolability… …   English World dictionary

  • Thermolabile — Thermolabilité Thermolabile désigne une substance (protéine) qui perd ses propriétés lorsqu elle subit une élévation de température. Cela concerne surtout des protéines complexes (toxines et autres) qui sous l effet de la température perdent leur …   Wikipédia en Français

  • thermolabile — Subject to alteration or destruction by heat. [thermo + L. labilis, perishable] * * * ther·mo·la·bile .thər mō lā .bīl, bəl adj unstable when heated specif subject to loss of characteristic properties on being heated to or above 55°C… …   Medical dictionary

  • thermolabile — thermolability /therr moh leuh bil i tee/, n. /therr moh lay bil, buyl/, adj. Biochem. subject to destruction or loss of characteristic properties by the action of moderate heat, as certain toxins and enzymes (opposed to thermostable). [1900 05;… …   Universalium

  • thermolabile — adjective Subject to destruction/decomposition or change in response to heat. Ant: thermostable …   Wiktionary

  • thermolabile —    Decomposed, destroyed, affected, or liable to be adversely affected by heat, as some enzyme and toxins …   Forensic science glossary

  • thermolabile — adj. sensitive to heat …   English contemporary dictionary

  • thermolabile — [ˌθə:mə(ʊ) leɪbʌɪl, bɪl] adjective chiefly Biochemistry readily destroyed or deactivated by heat …   English new terms dictionary

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