gut·​ta·​tion ˌgə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce guttation (audio)
: the exudation of liquid water from the uninjured surface of a plant leaf

Examples of guttation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This tooth fungus excretes red liquid much like sap in a process called guttation, when the fungus absorbs extra water from wet soil. National Geographic, 31 July 2017

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Word History


Latin gutta drop

First Known Use

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of guttation was circa 1889

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“Guttation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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