Definition of acropetal
: proceeding from the base toward the apex or from below upward acropetal development of floral buds
acropetallyplay \-təl-ē\ adverb
Origin and Etymology of acropetal
acr- + -petal (as in centripetal)
First Known Use: 1875
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