acropetal

adjective
acrop·​e·​tal | \ ə-ˈkrä-pə-tᵊl How to pronounce acropetal (audio) , a- \

Definition of acropetal

: proceeding from the base toward the apex or from below upward acropetal development of floral buds

Other Words from acropetal

acropetally \ ə-​ˈkrä-​pə-​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce acropetal (audio) , a-​ \ adverb

First Known Use of acropetal

1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acropetal

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

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“Acropetal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acropetal. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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