basal

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adjective bas·al \ˈbā-səl, -zəl\

Definition of basal

  1. 1a :  relating to, situated at, or forming the baseb :  arising from the base of a stem basal leaves

  2. 2a :  of or relating to the foundation, base, or essence :  fundamentalb :  of, relating to, or being essential for maintaining the fundamental vital activities of an organism :  minimal a basal dietc :  used for teaching beginners basal readers

basally

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Examples of basal in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of basal

1base + 1-al


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basal

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adjective ba·sal \ˈbā-səl, -zəl\

Medical Definition of basal

  1. 1:  relating to, situated at, or forming the base

  2. 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. 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

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