sym·​po·​di·​al sim-ˈpō-dē-əl How to pronounce sympodial (audio)
: having or involving the formation of an apparent main axis from successive secondary axes
sympodial branching of a cyme

Word History


New Latin sympodium apparent main axis formed from secondary axes, from Greek syn- + podion base — more at -podium

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sympodial was in 1875

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Cite this Entry

“Sympodial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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