[ awr-thuh-trop-ik, -troh-pik ]
/ ˌɔr θəˈtrɒp ɪk, -ˈtroʊ pɪk /


Botany. noting, pertaining to, or exhibiting a mode of vertical growth.

Origin of orthotropic

First recorded in 1885–90; ortho- + -tropic
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British Dictionary definitions for orthotropic


/ (ˌɔːθəʊˈtrɒpɪk) /


botany relating to or showing growth that is in direct line with the stimulus
(of a material) having different elastic properties in different planes

Derived Forms

orthotropism (ɔːˈθɒtrəˌpɪzəm), noun
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Medicine definitions for orthotropic


[ ôr′thə-trŏpĭk, -trōpĭk ]


Tending to grow or form along a vertical axis.

Related forms

or•thotro•pism (ôr-thŏtrə-pĭz′əm) n.
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