acrop·​e·​tal ə-ˈkrä-pə-tᵊl How to pronounce acropetal (audio)
: proceeding from the base toward the apex or from below upward
acropetal development of floral buds
acropetally adverb

Word History


borrowed from German, from acro- acro- + -petal (in centripetal, zentripetal centripetal)

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of acropetal was in 1875

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Cite this Entry

“Acropetal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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