basal

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From base +‎ -al.

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basal (comparative more basal, superlative most basal)

  1. Basic, elementary; relating to, or forming, the base, or point of origin.
    This is the basal idea.
    The organism needs more energy on basal maintenance.
    A basal reader is a kind of book that is used to teach reading.
  2. (anatomy) Associated with the base of an organism or structure.
    In the spring, basal leaves emerge from a stout taproot.
  3. (medicine) Of a minimal level that is necessary for maintaining the health or life of an organism.
    a basal diet
  4. (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.
    Hittite is a basal Indo-European language.
    A magnolia is a basal angiosperm.

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Noun[edit]

basal (plural basals)

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  1. base, bottom, minimum
  2. (anatomy) Any basal structure or part

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French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

basal (feminine singular basale, masculine plural basaux, feminine plural basales)

  1. basal

German[edit]

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basal (comparative basaler, superlative am basalsten)

  1. basal

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Spanish[edit]

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basal (plural basales)

  1. basal

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