apical dominance


: inhibition of the growth of lateral buds by the terminal bud of a shoot

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Roses are subject to a growth phenomenon called apical dominance. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Feb. 2022 Trained to grow horizontally, the top buds on climbing and rambling roses lose their apical dominance and send out lateral growth, resulting in more blooms. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Feb. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of apical dominance was in 1919

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“Apical dominance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apical%20dominance. Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

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