basal basal  /ˈbeɪ səl/


  1. (adj) 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
  2. (adj) serving as or forming a base
  3. (adj) of primary importance



  1. These spots can turn malignant, becoming translucent basal-cell nodules that slowly expand into adjoining tissue.
  2. His muscular endurance sank far down, as did his basal metabolism, and his efficiency upon the typewriter.
  3. No conclusion can be drawn about the cancer-preventive activity of topical use of sunscreens against basal-cell carcinoma and cutaneous melanoma.


  1. Local Headlines

    Karen Wolf brushes a powdered sunscreen over her scarred nose at least four times a day. The slightly raised tissue heals where a cancerous basal cell once grew. She speculates years of playing softball in the sun caused...
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Quincy Herald-Whig

  2. Warm Ocean, Not Icebergs, Causing Most Of Antarctic Ice Shelves' Mass Loss

    PASADENA, Calif., June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ocean waters melting the undersides of Antarctic ice shelves are responsible for most of the continent's ice shelf mass loss, a new study by NASA and university researchers has found.(Logo: have studied the rates of basal melt, or the melting of the ice shelves from ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! News


  1. "As a person who has had basal cell carcinoma and has had it zapped it from my chest from too much sun, I appreciate very much that those tanning beds should not be there for people under 18," Prue said.
    on Oct 7, 2008 By: Michael Prue Source:

  2. "Exposure to the sun has no direct impact on the genes, which add to the total risk of basal cell carcinoma," Stefansson said.
    on Oct 12, 2008 By: Kari Stefansson Source: Reuters

  3. "We found something new: younger African American breast cancer patients show a high frequency of one of the aggressive subtypes of breast cancer called basal-like," said Millikan, associate professor of epidemiology at the UNC School of Public...
    on Jun 6, 2006 By: Robert Millikan Source: Newswise (press release)

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