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a combining form representing taxis1, in compound words:
Compare tax-, taxi-, taxo-, -taxy. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -taxis


combining form
indicating movement towards or away from a specified stimulus: thermotaxis
order or arrangement: phyllotaxis
Derived Forms
-tactic, -taxic, combining_form:in_adjective
Word Origin
from New Latin, from Greek taxis order
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-taxis in Medicine

-taxis suff.

  1. Order; arrangement: stereotaxis.

  2. Responsive movement; taxis: chemotaxis.

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