aeroponics

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noun, plural in form but singular in construction aero·pon·ics \¦er-ō-¦pä-niks\

Definition of aeroponics

  1. :  the growing of plants by suspending their roots in the air and spraying them with nutrient solutions Hydroponics allows us to grow plants in a water-and-nutrient solution, while aeroponics grows them in a nutrient-laden mist. — Dickson D. Despommier, New York Times, 24 Apr. 2009

aeroponic

\¦er-ō-¦pä-nik\ play adjective Tomatoes take especially well to aeroponic growing. — Johnathan L. Wright, Reno Gazette-Journal, 20 Aug. 2008 aeroponic technology

aeroponically

\¦er-ō-¦pä-ni-k(ə-)lē\ play adverb Fog can actually carry dissolved nutrients for growing plants aeroponically, suspended in the air, with their clean roots dangling in the fog. — Marshall Ingwerson, Christian Science Monitor, 1 Mar. 1985

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Origin and Etymology of aeroponics

aero- + (hydro)ponics


First Known Use: 1957


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