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determinate: Having the terminal (central, apical, or distal) portion differentiating first and the lateral (peripheral, basal, or proximal) portions later, development thus proceeding sequentially downward or outward, growth of the whole thereby organizationally limited.[1]
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Example(s): Example sentences from FNA : [1] heads borne singly or in usually determinate, rarely indeterminate, arrays (cymiform, corymbiform, racemiform, spiciform, etc .); [2] main stem indeterminate, lateral branches conspicuously or inconspicuously determinate, often strongly ascending, 1--3-forked.


  1. Categorical Glossary for the Flora of North America Project, by Robert W. Kiger and Duncan M. Porter. 2001. Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation.