Definition of geotropism in English:


Syllabification: ge·ot·ro·pism
Pronunciation: /jēˈätrəˌpizəm


  • The growth of the parts of plants with respect to the force of gravity. The upward growth of plant shoots is an instance of negative geotropism; the downward growth of roots is positive geotropism.
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    • It was shown that gaseous ethylene inhibits both growth and geotropism in plants, and ethylene is endogenously produced by fruits.
    • Geotropism occurs in two forms: positive geotropism to which the root responds by growing downward; and a negative geotropism, which causes the stem to grow upward.
    • Transversal geotropism is a direction of growth that is vertical to the shoot axis.



Pronunciation: /ˌjēəˈträpik, -ˈtrō-/
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  • Seed viability was assessed using the criterion of normal seedling development, i.e. emergence of the hypocotyl, radicle geotropic growth, and the opening of cotyledonary leaves.
  • Cholodny proposed that ‘growth hormones play an essential role in the mechanism of the geotropic reaction’.
  • These stem adaptations, combined with the presence of adventitious roots and negatively geotropic roots in nitrogen-fixing alders, facilitate the supply of oxygen in waterlogged soils.


late 19th century: from geo- 'earth' + Greek tropē 'turning' + -ism.

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