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 (bā-sĭp′ĭ-tl, -zĭp′-)
adj. Botany
Of or relating to the development or maturation of tissues or organs or the movement of substances, such as hormones, from the apex downward toward the base.

ba·sip′e·tal·ly adv.


(Botany) (of leaves and flowers) produced in order from the apex downwards so that the youngest are at the base. Compare acropetal


(beɪˈsɪp ɪ tl, -ˈzɪp-)

(of a plant) exhibiting a pattern of growth or movement in a downward direction from the apex of the stem to its base (opposed to acropetal).
[1865–70; basi (s) + -petal < Latin pet(ere) to seek + -al1; compare centripetal]
ba•sip′e•tal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.basipetal - of leaves or flowers; developing or opening in succession from apex to base
phytology, botany - the branch of biology that studies plants
acropetal - of leaves or flowers; developing or opening in succession from base to apex
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