- oriented movement toward or away from a chemical stimulus.
Origin of chemotaxis
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Life is not the product or the slave of any chemotactic forces, but their maker and steersman.Parallel Paths
Thomas William Rolleston
- the movement of a microorganism or cell in response to a chemical stimulus
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Word Origin and History for chemotactic
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- Of or relating to chemotaxis.
- The characteristic movement or orientation of an organism or cell along a chemical concentration gradient either toward or away from the chemical stimulus.chemotropism
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- The characteristic movement or orientation of an organism or cell along a chemical concentration gradient either toward or away from the chemical stimulus. Bacteria exhibit chemotaxis when they move toward a source of nutrients.
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