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[jee-oh-trop-ik, -troh-pik]
adjective Biology.
  1. of, relating to, or exhibiting geotropism.
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Origin of geotropic

First recorded in 1870–75; geo- + -tropic
Related formsge·o·trop·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples of geotropic

  • The procumbent stem curved up and attained a state of equilibrium under the action of geotropic stimulus.

    Life Movements in Plants

    Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose

  • The geotropic curvature was reduced to its minimum at the maximum temperature, and vice vers.

    Life Movements in Plants

    Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose

  • The movement is primarily determined by the modifying influence of temperature on geotropic curvature.

    Life Movements in Plants

    Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose

  • Red light R, is ineffective, and geotropic torsion is restored.

  • According to this test, the geotropic response of the stem is positive.

geotropic in Science


  1. The directional growth of an organism in response to gravity. Roots display positive geotropism when they grow downwards, while shoots display negative geotropism when they grow upwards. Also called gravitropism
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Related formsgeotropic adjective (jē′ə-trōpĭk, jē′ə-trŏpĭk)
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