basal

adjective bas·al \ ˈbā-səl , -zəl \

Definition of basal

1 a :relating to, situated at, or forming the base
b :arising from the base of a stem
  • basal leaves
2 a :of or relating to the foundation, base, or essence :fundamental
b :of, relating to, or being essential for maintaining the fundamental vital activities of an organism :minimal
  • a basal diet
c :used for teaching beginners
  • basal readers

basally

adverb

Examples of basal in a Sentence

  1. she clearly lacked even a basal familiarity with the topic

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basal

adjective ba·sal \ ˈbā-səl , -zəl \

medical Definition of basal

1 :relating to, situated at, or forming the base
2 :of, relating to, or essential for maintaining the fundamental vital activities of an organism (as respiration, heartbeat, or excretion)
  • a basal diet
— see basal metabolism
3 :serving as or serving to induce an initial comatose or unconscious state that forms a basis for further anesthetization
  • basal narcosis
  • a basal anesthetic

basally

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