Associations to the word «Basal»


BASAL, adjective. Basic, elementary; relating to, or forming, the base, or point of origin
BASAL, adjective. (anatomy) associated with the base of an organism or structure
BASAL, adjective. (medicine) a minimal level that is necessary, such as a minimum dose of a drug
BASAL, adjective. (chiefly systematics) In a phylogenetic tree, being a group, or member of a group, which diverged earlier. The earliest clade to branch in a larger clade.
BASAL, noun. Base, bottom, minimum
BASAL, noun. (anatomy) Any basal structure or part
BASAL ANNULUS, noun. (mycology) Describes a mushroom with an annulus located near the bottom of the stem.
BASAL BODIES, noun. Plural of basal body
BASAL BODY, noun. (biology) A cellular organelle, similar to a centriole, associated with the formation of cilia and flagella
BASAL BRISTLE, noun. (ornithology) A small feather located at the base of a bird's bill that has little or no vane.
BASAL CELL, noun. (cytology) A cell of the basal layer (stratum basale) of the epidermis
BASAL DICOT, noun. (botany) A dicotyledon that is not part of the monocots.
BASAL GANGLIA, noun. Plural of basal ganglion
BASAL GANGLION, noun. (neuroanatomy) Any of a group of nuclei in the brain interconnected with the cerebral cortex, thalamus and brainstem
BASAL LAYER, noun. (anatomy) The deepest layer of the epidermis
BASAL MEDIUM, noun. A growth medium that incorporates a generic material (e.g. yeast extract) of unknown precise composition
BASAL METABOLIC RATE, noun. (physiology) The amount of energy expended while at rest in a neutrally temperate environment, in the post-absorptive state.
BASAL METABOLIC RATES, noun. Plural of basal metabolic rate
BASAL TOMENTUM, noun. (mycology) The mycelium at the base of a mushroom's stem.
BASAL TUBERCLE, noun. (mycology) A fleshy mass of tissue located at the junction of the a mushroom and its substrate.

Dictionary definition

BASAL, adjective. 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".
BASAL, adjective. Serving as or forming a base; "the painter applied a base coat followed by two finishing coats".
BASAL, adjective. Of primary importance.

Wise words

Words are always getting conventionalized to some secondary meaning. It is one of the works of poetry to take the truants in custody and bring them back to their right senses.
William Butler Yeats