(Greek: under, below, beneath; less than; too little; deficient, diminished; used as a prefix)
As the plant embryo grows at germination, it sends out a shoot called a radicle that becomes the primary root and penetrates down into the soil. After emergence of the radicle, the hypocotyl emerges and lifts the growing tip (usually including the seed coat) above the ground, bearing the embryonc leaves (called cotyledons) and the plumule that gives rise to the first true leaves.
The hypocotyle is the primary organ of extension of the young plant and develops into the stem.
2. The practice of engaging in the same behavior or activity for which one criticizes another person to have: All the dentist said was empty talk or hypocrisy saying that smoking was very bad for the teeth, but he was a chain smoker himself!