[ jee-o-truh-piz-uh m ]
/ dʒiˈɒ trəˌpɪz əm /

noun Biology.

oriented growth with respect to the force of gravity.

Origin of geotropism

First recorded in 1870–75; geo- + -tropism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for geotropism


/ (dʒɪˈɒtrəˌpɪzəm) /


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

Derived Forms

geotropic (ˌdʒiːəʊˈtrɒpɪk), adjectivegeotropically, adverb
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Science definitions for geotropism


[ jē-ŏtrə-pĭz′əm ]

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

Related forms

geotropic adjective (jē′ə-trōpĭk, jē′ə-trŏpĭk)
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