pre-basal

basal

[bey-suhl, -zuhl]
adjective
1.
of, at, or forming the base.
2.
forming a basis; fundamental; basic.
3.
Physiology.
a.
indicating a standard low level of activity of an organism, as during total rest.
b.
of an amount required to maintain this level.
4.
Medicine/Medical. serving to induce a preliminary or light anesthesia prior to total anesthetization.

Origin:
1820–30; base1 + -al1

basally, adverb
prebasal, adjective
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basal (ˈbeɪsəl)
 
adj
1.  at, of, or constituting a base
2.  of or constituting a foundation or basis; fundamental; essential
 
'basally
 
adv

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basal
"relating to a base," 1828, from base + -al (1).
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basal ba·sal (bā'səl, -zəl)
adj.

  1. Of, relating to, located at, or forming a base, usually of an organ or a tooth.

  2. Of, relating to, of situated at the lowest level, as of an organ.

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