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To soak in a liquid; to macerate; to extract the essence of by soaking; as, to soften seed by steeping it in water. Often used figuratively. Let fancy still my sense in lethe steep. (Shak) In refreshing dew to steep The little, trembling flowers. (Wordsworth) The learned of the nation were steeped in latin. (Earle)

Origin: OE. Stepen, probably fr. Icel. Steypa to cause to stoop, cast down, pour out, to cast metals, causative of stupa to stoop; cf. Sw. Stopa to cast, to steep, Dan. Stobe, D. & G. Stippen to steep, to dip. Cf. Stoop.

1. Something steeped, or used in steeping; a fertilizing liquid to hasten the germination of seeds.

2. A rennet bag.

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... such as Dpp in the Drosophila wing disc and Shh in the vertebrate limb bud (Day and Lawrence 2000). In immature small primordia, the gradients are steep and cells continue to grow and divide. Since the source of the gradient stays approximately constant, its concentration gradient flattens as the ...

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Topic: organs shape
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I don't understand fitness landscapes :(

What does how steep a peak is on a fitness landscape represent? What does that steepness mean for an organism whose genotype is at the bottom of that peak? Can you give me an example? Thanks!

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by immunogoblin
Sun Jun 03, 2012 4:01 am
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Topic: I don't understand fitness landscapes :(
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... of the following statements would be true? 1. The amplitude of the action potential would be reduced by 50% 2. The falling phase would be more steep 3. The falling phase would have a steeper slope 4. The amplitude of the action potential would be increased by 50% 5. The relative refractory ...

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