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Definition of "basal" []

  • Of, relating to, located at, or forming a base. (adjective)
  • Botany Located at or near the base of a plant stem, or at the base of any other plant part: basal placentation. (adjective)
  • Of primary importance; basic. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "basal" in a sentence
  • "Does the term basal tear excite your sympathy, or reflex tear ignite a shower of certain understanding?"
  • "In time, a slow and steady rise in basal cell calcium levels leads to activation of calcineurin, which in turn leads to nuclear importation of the transcription factor NFAT (Nuclear Factor of T-cells)."
  • "Furthermore, while the cochleal canal is shorter, and the promontorium is smaller, in basal mammaliaforms than is the case in mammals (Luo et al. 1995), Morganucodon in more mammal-like in these features than are more basal mammaliaforms (like Sinoconodon)."