cy·​to·​ki·​nin | \ ˌsī-tə-ˈkī-nən How to pronounce cytokinin (audio) \

Definition of cytokinin

: any of various plant growth substances (such as kinetin) that are usually derivatives of adenine

Examples of cytokinin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The other chemicals include vitamins, minerals (including the electrolytes sodium and potassium), and plant hormones like cytokinins (that may benefit the body in various ways). Alexandra Hansen, Quartzy, "The health benefits of coconut water have been greatly overstated," 5 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of cytokinin

1965, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cytokinin

cyt- + kinin

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“Cytokinin.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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Medical Definition of cytokinin

: any of various plant growth substances that are usually derivatives of adenine

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