apical dominance

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apical dominance   (ā'pĭ-kəl, āp'ĭ-)  Pronunciation Key 
Inhibition of the growth of lateral buds by the terminal bud of a plant shoot. In most plants, apical dominance results from the release of auxin by the apical meristem.
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