adjective lae·o·trop·ic \¦lēə‧¦träpik\
variants: or


\lēˈä‧trəpəs\ or



Definition of laeotropic

  1. :  turning to the left :  sinistral —used especially of various shells, of spiral cleavage patterns, or of the movement of volvox colonies

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Origin and Etymology of laeotropic

laeotropic or laeotropous from Greek laios left + English -tropic or -tropous; leiotropic irregular from Greek laios left + English -tropic — more at lev-

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a brief usually trivial fact

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