acropetal

[ uh-krop-i-tl ]
/ əˈkrɒp ɪ tl /

adjective Botany.

(of an inflorescence) developing upward, toward the apex.

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Origin of acropetal

First recorded in 1870–75; acro- + -petal

OTHER WORDS FROM acropetal

a·crop·e·tal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for acropetal

acropetal
/ (əˈkrɒpɪtəl) /

adjective

(of leaves and flowers) produced in order from the base upwards so that the youngest are at the apexCompare basipetal
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