- indicating a standard low level of activity of an organism, as during total rest.
- of an amount required to maintain this level.
OTHER WORDS FROM basalba·sal·ly, adverbpre·ba·sal, adjective
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It receives massive inputs from the arousal-regulating structures of the brainstem, midbrain, and basal forebrain, and appears to play a role in filtering those signals in response to changing cognitive needs.My Lab Uses Ultrasound to Stimulate Unconscious Patients - Facts So Romantic|Joshua Cain|June 15, 2021|Nautilus
The key is in the separation of the signals entering the neuron for forward-going inference and for backward-flowing errors, which could be handled in the model by the basal and apical dendrites, respectively.Artificial Neural Nets Finally Yield Clues to How Brains Learn|Anil Ananthaswamy|February 18, 2021|Quanta Magazine
In addition to the pygophore and the telltale stripes on the legs, the new fossil also distinctly shows the "basal plate," a structure shaped like a stirrup that supports the penis.Rare 50 million-year-old fossilized bug flashes its penis for posterity|Jennifer Ouellette|February 4, 2021|Ars Technica
The more thyroxine a person’s thyroid gland produces, the higher that person’s basal metabolic rate will be.Some people can eat anything and not gain a pound. How metabolism affects the calories you burn each day.|Terezie Tolar-Peterson|January 2, 2021|Washington Post
These microbes had been surviving in a desiccated state, not yet dead but having reduced their metabolism to the minimum, carrying out only what are called basal functions.Preserving a Sense of Wonder in DNA - Issue 92: Frontiers|Virat Markandeya|October 28, 2020|Nautilus
Coffee Consumption Associated with Decreased Risk for Basal-Cell Carcinoma.Can Coffee Save Your Life?|Anneli Rufus|October 28, 2011|DAILY BEAST
It makes out of the savage raw material which is our basal mental stuff, a citizen.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
The specimens from Honduras have a basal cusp on the hinder edge of the lower canine.A Synopsis of the American Bats of the Genus Pipistrellus|Walter W. Dalquest
Prothorax two-thirds wider than long, sides parallel in basal half, convergent anteriorly.
Out of this basal belief have sprung up the stories that relate the deeds of the 'hidden' saints.
This he did on an oak branch six feet long whose basal end was placed in water.