AskDefine | Define basal

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basal adj
1 especially of leaves; located at the base of a plant or stem; especially arising directly from the root or rootstock or a root-like stem; "basal placentation"; "radical leaves" [syn: radical] [ant: cauline]
2 serving as or forming a base; "the painter applied a base coat followed by two finishing coats" [syn: base]
3 of primary importance; "basic truths" [syn: basic, primary]

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  1. Relating to, or forming, the base, or point of origin.
  2. In a phylogenetic tree, being a group, or member of a group, which diverged early.
    Hittite is a basal Indo-European language.
    A magnolia is a basal angiosperm.

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Extensive Definition

Basal is a term with several scientific meanings:
other meanings:
basal in Spanish: Basal
basal in Hungarian: Bazális

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