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chemotaxis

[ kee-moh-tak-sis, kem-oh- ]
/ ˌki moʊˈtæk sɪs, ˌkɛm oʊ- /
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noun Biology.
oriented movement toward or away from a chemical stimulus.
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Origin of chemotaxis

First recorded in 1890–95; chemo- + -taxis

OTHER WORDS FROM chemotaxis

che·mo·tac·tic [kee-moh-tak-tik, kem-oh-], /ˌki moʊˈtæk tɪk, ˌkɛm oʊ-/, adjectiveche·mo·tac·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for chemotaxis

chemotaxis
/ (ˌkɛməʊˈtæksɪs) /

noun
the movement of a microorganism or cell in response to a chemical stimulus

Derived forms of chemotaxis

chemotactic, adjectivechemotactically, adverb
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Scientific definitions for chemotaxis

chemotaxis
[ kē′mō-tăksĭs, kĕm′ō- ]

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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