apogeotropism

[ ap-uh-jee-o-truh-piz-uh m ]
/ ˌæp ə dʒiˈɒ trəˌpɪz əm /

noun Biology.

growth or orientation away from the earth; negative geotropism.

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Origin of apogeotropism

First recorded in 1875–80; apo- + geotropism

OTHER WORDS FROM apogeotropism

ap·o·ge·o·trop·ic [ap-uh-jee-uh-trop-ik, troh-pik] /ˌæp əˌdʒi əˈtrɒp ɪk, ˈtroʊ pɪk/, adjectiveap·o·ge·o·trop·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for apogeotropism

apogeotropism
/ (ˌæpədʒɪˈɒtrəˌpɪzəm) /

noun

negative geotropism, as shown by plant stems

Derived forms of apogeotropism

apogeotropic (ˌæpəˌdʒɪəˈtrɒpɪk), adjective

Word Origin for apogeotropism

C19: from Greek apogaios away from the earth + tropos a turn
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