[ sahy-tuh-kahy-nin ]

  1. any of a class of plant hormones, produced by the roots and traveling upward through the xylem, that promote tissue growth and budding and, on application, retard plant senescence.

Origin of cytokinin

First recorded in 1960–65; cyto- + -kinin

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British Dictionary definitions for cytokinin


/ (ˌsaɪtəʊˈkaɪnɪn) /

  1. any of a group of plant hormones that promote cell division and retard ageing in plants: Also called: kinin

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Scientific definitions for cytokinin


[ sī′tə-kīnĭn ]

  1. Any of a class of plant hormones that promote cell division and growth and delay the senescence of leaves. Cytokinins are synthesized mainly in root tips.

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