gibberellic acid

[ jib-uh-rel-ik, jib- ]
/ ˈdʒɪb əˈrɛl ɪk, ˌdʒɪb- /


a gibberellin C18H21O4COOH, produced as a metabolite by the fungus Gibberella fujikuroi, used as a stimulator of plant growth.

Origin of gibberellic acid

1950–55; < New Latin Gibberell(a) (Latin gibber hump + -ella -ella) + -ic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for gibberellic acid

gibberellic acid

/ (ˌdʒɪbəˈrɛlɪk) /


a slightly soluble crystalline plant hormone first isolated from the fungus Gibberella fujikuroi : a gibberellin. Formula: C 19 H 22 O 6

Word Origin for gibberellic acid

C20: from New Latin Gibberella, literally: a little hump, from Latin gibber hump + -ic
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Science definitions for gibberellic acid

gibberellic acid

[ jĭb′ə-rĕlĭk ]

A plant hormone that promotes growth and that is the most important of the gibberellins. It is used commercially to break dormancy of plants, promote germination, and increase or retard the development of fruit. Gibberellic acid is also a metabolic byproduct of certain fungi. Chemical formula: C19H22O6.

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