Definition of basipetal in English:


Syllabification: ba·sip·e·tal
Pronunciation: /bāˈsipitl


  • 1(Of growth or development) downward toward the base or point of attachment. The opposite of acropetal.
    More example sentences
    • Expression of the DXR gene in adaxial phloem parenchyma cells was more pronounced in the young revoluted base of the leaves with a basipetal gradient decreasing toward the tips of older leaves.
    • Lateral view of young inflorescence with basipetal initiation of flowers in the axil of bracts.
    • Ellipsoidal microconidia and falcate macroconidia are formed from phialides by basipetal division; globose chlamydospores with thick walls are formed acrogenously from hyphae or by the modification of hyphal cells.
  • 1.1(Of the movement of dissolved substances) inward from the shoot and root apexes.
    More example sentences
    • In every case, the basipetal movement was greater than the acropetal movement.
    • From there they will flow to other parts of the shoot in both basipetal and acropetal directions.
    • However, a continuous basipetal transport of auxin from the shoot to the rooting zone (upper part taproot) is required for adventious root formation.



More example sentences
  • The drag-induced bending moments and stresses (computed on the basis of empirically determined stem dimensions and wind speeds) increased basipetally toward the base of the tree.
  • The hairs are oriented acropetally, while in the proximal part of the sac they grow basipetally, i.e., oriented toward the lemma-sac interface.
  • When the exposure time was extended to 60 min, a large amount of phosphorus was transported basipetally to the shoot from root sections located 80 mm from the root tip, where the xylem is completely mature.


mid 19th century: from basis + Latin petere 'seek' + -al.

More definitions of basipetal

Definition of basipetal in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day mage
Pronunciation: māj
a magician or learned person