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[bey-sip-i-tl] /beɪˈsɪp ɪ tl/
adjective, Botany, Mycology.
growing or moving toward the base of a structure or part.
Origin of basipetal
1865-70; basi(s) + -petal < Latin pet(ere) to seek + -al1; cf. centripetal
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basipetally, adverb Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for basipetal


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

basipetal ba·sip·e·tal (bā-sĭp'ĭ-tl, -zĭp'-)
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.

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basipetal in Science
Relating to the movement of substances, such as hormones, or the progressive development of tissues in a direction away from the tip and towards the base of a root or shoot in a plant.
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