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[jee-o-truh-piz-uh m]
noun Biology.
  1. oriented growth with respect to the force of gravity.
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Origin of geotropism

First recorded in 1870–75; geo- + -tropism
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British Dictionary definitions for geotropism


  1. the response of a plant part to the stimulus of gravity. Plant stems, which grow upwards irrespective of the position in which they are placed, show negative geotropism
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Derived Formsgeotropic (ˌdʒiːəʊˈtrɒpɪk), adjectivegeotropically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for geotropism


1874, from German Geotropismus, from geo- + Greek trope (see trope). Coined in 1868 by German botanist Albert Bernhard Frank (1839-1900). Related: Geotropic.

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geotropism 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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