gibberellin

noun
gib·​ber·​el·​lin | \ ˌji-bə-ˈre-lən How to pronounce gibberellin (audio) \

Definition of gibberellin

: any of several growth-regulating plant hormones that promote cell elongation and activity of the cambium, induce parthenocarpy, and stimulate synthesis of nucleic acids and proteins

Examples of gibberellin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The seed has two hormones: abscisic acid (ABA), which sends the signal to stay dormant, and gibberellin (GA), which initiates germination. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 9 June 2017 The seed has two hormones: abscisic acid (ABA), which sends the signal to stay dormant, and gibberellin (GA), which initiates germination. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 9 June 2017

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First Known Use of gibberellin

1939, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gibberellin

New Latin Gibberella fujikoroi, fungus from which it was first isolated

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“Gibberellin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gibberellin. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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