adjective Botany, Mycology.

growing or moving toward the base of a structure or part.

Origin of basipetal

1865–70; basi(s) + -petal < Latin pet(ere) to seek + -al1; cf. centripetal
Related formsba·sip·e·tal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for basipetal



(of leaves and flowers) produced in order from the apex downwards so that the youngest are at the baseCompare acropetal
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basipetal in Medicine


[bā-sĭpĭ-tl, -zĭp-]


Of or relating to the development or maturation of tissues or organs or the movement of substances, such as hormones, from the apex downward toward the base.
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basipetal in Science



Relating to the movement of substances, such as hormones, or the progressive development of tissues in a direction away from the tip and towards the base of a root or shoot in a plant.
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