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basal

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adjective bas·al \ˈbā-səl, -zəl\

Definition of basal

  1. 1 a :  relating to, situated at, or forming the base b :  arising from the base of a stem <basal leaves>

  2. 2 a :  of or relating to the foundation, base, or essence :  fundamental b :  of, relating to, or being essential for maintaining the fundamental vital activities of an organism :  minimal <a basal diet> c :  used for teaching beginners <basal readers>

ba·sal·ly adverb


Examples of basal

  1. <she clearly lacked even a basal familiarity with the topic>



1645

First Known Use of basal

1645


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basal

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adjective ba·sal \ˈbā-səl, -zəl\

Medical Definition of basal

  1. 1:  relating to, situated at, or forming the base

  2. 2:  of, relating to, or essential for maintaining the fundamental vital activities of an organism (as respiration, heartbeat, or excretion) <a basal diet>—see basal metabolism

  3. 3:  serving as or serving to induce an initial comatose or unconscious state that forms a basis for further anesthetization <basal narcosis> <a basal anesthetic>

  4. ba·sal·ly \-ē\play adverb




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