metastable: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (met'u-stā"bul, met"u-stā'-), [key]
- chemically unstable in the absence of certain conditions that would induce stability, but not liable to spontaneous transformation.
- pertaining to a body or system existing at an energy levelabove that of a more stable state and requiring the addition of a small amount of energy to induce a transition to the more stable state.
- metastable (Thesaurus)