One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of growth or development) upward from the base or point of attachment.The opposite of basipetal
- ‘These features might be partly associated with the acropetal development of the terminal inflorescence.’
- ‘On average, an inflorescence developed 166 • 21 53 • 31 flowers that opened in acropetal order.’
- ‘Similarly, meristem activities in the same acropetal sequence or on the whole-root-system architecture have not yet been compared.’
- ‘The Alismataceae have acropetal leaf development.’
- ‘Sepal initiation began on the basal lateral flower and continued in an acropetal direction until all floral meristems had completed sepal initiation.’
- 1.1 (of the movement of dissolved substances) outward toward the shoot and root apexes.
- ‘In every case, the basipetal movement was greater than the acropetal movement.’
- ‘It is not clear whether this acropetal increase of flower meristem identity is related to the acropetal loss of the SD suppression.’
- ‘Xylem flow carries the transpiration stream and is normally entirely acropetal.’
Late 19th century: from Greek akron ‘tip’ + Latin petere ‘seek’ + -al.
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