(noun, adjective)


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

Similar word(s): radical

2. of or being the essential or basic part

- a basal reader

Similar word(s): basic, elemental, elementary, primary

3. serving as or forming a base

Similar word(s): basic, base

Sentences with basal as an adjective:

- 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.

- In the spring, basal leaves emerge from a stout taproot.

- Hittite is a basal Indo-European language.

- A magnolia is a basal angiosperm.


1. base, bottom, minimum

2. (anatomy) Any basal structure or part