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indoleacetic acid Line breaks: in¦dole|acet¦ic acid
Pronunciation: /ˌɪndəʊləˈsiːtɪk/

Definition of indoleacetic acid in English:


[mass noun] Biochemistry
A compound which is an acetic acid derivative of indole, especially one found as a natural growth hormone (auxin) in plants.
  • Chemical formula: C8H6(CH3COOH)N; seven isomers; auxin is indole-3-acetic acid
Example sentences
  • The plant hormone auxin (indoleacetic acid) plays a role in specifying the pattern of root cells, and mutations affecting its localization lead to root defects.
  • In addition, various combinations of the following hormones were also added: naphthylacetic acid, 3 - indoleacetic acid, with 6-benzylaminopurine or kinetin.
  • A bacterial substance known as indoleacetic acid may play a part in sprout inhibition.
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