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thigmotaxis

[thig-muh-tak-sis]
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noun Biology.
  1. movement of an organism toward or away from any object that provides a mechanical stimulus.

Origin of thigmotaxis

1895–1900; < Greek thígm(a) touch + -o- + -taxis
Related formsthig·mo·tac·tic [thig-muh-tak-tik] /ˌθɪg məˈtæk tɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for thigmotaxis

thigmotaxis

noun
  1. another name for stereotaxis
Derived Formsthigmotactic, adjectivethigmotactically, adverb

Word Origin

C19: from Greek thigma touch + -taxis
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thigmotaxis in Medicine

thigmotaxis

(thĭg′mə-tăksĭs)
n.
  1. stereotaxis
Related formsthig′mo•tactic (-tăktĭk) adj.