hydrotropic

[hahy-druh-trop-ik, -troh-pik]

adjective

Biology. turning or tending in a particular direction with reference to moisture.

Nearby words

  1. hydrothermal,
  2. hydrothermal vent,
  3. hydrothionemia,
  4. hydrothionuria,
  5. hydrothorax,
  6. hydrotropism,
  7. hydrotubation,
  8. hydroureter,
  9. hydrous,
  10. hydrovane

Origin of hydrotropic

First recorded in 1915–20; hydro-1 + -tropic

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Science definitions for hydrotropic

hydrotropism

[hī-drŏtrə-pĭz′əm]

The growth or movement of a fixed organism, especially a plant, or a part of an organism toward or away from water. Roots often display hydrotropism in growing towards a water source.
Related formshydrotropic adjective (hī′drə-trōpĭk, hī′drə-trŏpĭk)

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