[ tak-sis ]
/ ˈtæk sɪs /
noun, plural tax·es [tak-seez]. /ˈtæk siz/.
arrangement or order, as in one of the physical sciences.
Biology. oriented movement of a motile organism in response to an external stimulus, as toward or away from light.
Surgery. the replacing of a displaced part, or the reducing of a hernia or the like, by manipulation without cutting.
Architecture. the adaptation to the purposes of a building of its various parts.
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Origin of taxis1
1720–30; <New Latin <Greek táxis, equivalent to tak- (base of tássein to arrange, put in order) + -sis-sis
Definition for taxis (2 of 3)
[ tak-seez ]
/ ˈtæk siz /
a plural of taxi.
Definition for taxis (3 of 3)
a combining form representing taxis1 in compound words: heterotaxis.
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British Dictionary definitions for taxis (1 of 2)
/ (ˈtæksɪs) /
the movement of a cell or organism in a particular direction in response to an external stimulus
surgery the repositioning of a displaced organ or part by manual manipulation only
Word Origin for taxis
C18: via New Latin from Greek: arrangement, from tassein to place in order
British Dictionary definitions for taxis (2 of 2)
n combining form
indicating movement towards or away from a specified stimulusthermotaxis
order or arrangementphyllotaxis
Derived forms of -taxis-tactic or -taxic, adj combining form
Word Origin for -taxis
from New Latin, from Greek taxis order
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Medical definitions for taxis (1 of 2)
[ tăk′sĭs ]
n. pl. tax•es (tăk′sēz)
The responsive movement of a free-moving organism or cell toward or away from an external stimulus, such as light.
The moving of a body part by manipulation into normal position, as after a dislocation.
Medical definitions for taxis (2 of 2)
Responsive movement; taxis:chemotaxis.
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