[ ep-uh-nas-tee ]
/ ˈɛp əˌnæs ti /
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(especially of leaves) increased growth on the upper surface of an organ or part, causing it to bend downward.
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OTHER WORDS FROM epinastyep·i·nas·tic, adjective
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Young leaves exhibit moreover a pronounced hyponasty or epinasty, which would naturally modify the diurnal curve.Life Movements in Plants, Volume II, 1919|Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
British Dictionary definitions for epinasty
/ (ˈɛpɪˌnæstɪ) /
noun plural -ties
increased growth of the upper surface of a plant part, such as a leaf, resulting in a downward bending of the partCompare hyponasty
Derived forms of epinastyepinastic, adjective
Word Origin for epinasty
C19: from epi- + -nasty, from Greek nastos pressed down, from nassein to press
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