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[ster-ee-o-truh-piz-uh m, steer-] /ˌstɛr iˈɒ trəˌpɪz əm, ˌstɪər-/
noun, Biology.
a tropism determined by contact with a solid.
Origin of stereotropism
First recorded in 1895-1900; stereo- + tropism Unabridged
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  • The act of seeking the female as well as that of cohabitation are in many cases combinations of chemotropism and stereotropism.

  • This may be a tropism (stereotropism) or it may be a mere surface tension phenomenon.

British Dictionary definitions for stereotropism


/ˌstɛrɪˈɒtrəˌpɪzəm; ˌstɪər-/
another name for thigmotropism
Derived Forms
stereotropic (ˌstɛrɪəˈtrɒpɪk; ˌstɪər-) adjective
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stereotropism in Medicine

stereotropism ster·e·ot·ro·pism (stěr'ē-ŏt'rə-pĭz'əm, stēr'-)
See thigmotropism.

ster'e·o·trop'ic (-ē-ə-trŏp'ĭk) adj.
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