basal

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base +‎ -al

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basal (comparative more basal, superlative most basal)

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

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Noun[edit]

basal (plural basals)

  1. (anatomy) Any basal structure or part

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