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basal

ba·sal

basal

pronunciation:
beI sl
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: at, pertaining to, or comprising the bottom part or support.
similar words:
basic
definition 2: forming the foundation of; fundamental.
similar words:
basic
definition 3: the lowest normal level of.
While an animal is hibernating, only basal respiration is observed.
derivation: basally (adv.)