apical dominance

  1. suppression of the development of lateral buds in a growing plant shoot, caused by hormones produced in the tip of the shoot.

Origin of apical dominance

First recorded in 1945–50

Words Nearby apical dominance

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Scientific definitions for apical dominance

apical dominance

[ āpĭ-kəl, ăpĭ- ]

  1. 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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