[ jib-uh-rel-in ]

  1. any of a class of growth hormones occurring in fungi and plants.

Origin of gibberellin

1935–40; <New Latin Gibberell(a) (see gibberellic acid) + -in2

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British Dictionary definitions for gibberellin


/ (ˌdʒɪbəˈrɛlɪn) /

  1. any of several plant hormones, including gibberellic acid, whose main action is to cause elongation of the stem: used in promoting the growth of plants, in the malting of barley, etc

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Scientific definitions for gibberellin


[ jĭb′ə-rĕlĭn ]

  1. Any of numerous plant hormones, especially gibberellic acid, that promote stem elongation. The seeds, young shoots, and roots of plants contain gibberellins, and they are also found in fungi.

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