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basal

adjective bas·al \ˈbā-səl, -zəl\

Definition of BASAL

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

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

First Known Use of BASAL

1645

Other Biology Terms

autochthonous, fecund, homunculus, phylogeny, substrate
Medical Dictionary

basal

adjective ba·sal \ˈbā-səl, -zəl\

Medical Definition of BASAL

1
:  relating to, situated at, or forming the base
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
:  serving as or serving to induce an initial comatose or unconscious state that forms a basis for further anesthetization <basal narcosis> <a basal anesthetic>
ba·sal·ly \-ē\ adverb

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