gibberellic acid

noun

gib·​ber·​el·​lic acid ˌji-bə-ˈre-lik- How to pronounce gibberellic acid (audio)
: a crystalline acid C19H22O6 that is a gibberellin used especially in the malting of barley

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In particular, gibberellic acid, or GA, a natural hormone, stimulates both cell growth and cell elongation. Daniel Leonard, Scientific American, 28 Oct. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1954, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gibberellic acid was in 1954

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“Gibberellic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gibberellic%20acid. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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