geotaxis

[ jee-oh-tak-sis ]
/ ˌdʒi oʊˈtæk sɪs /

noun Biology.

oriented movement of a motile organism toward or away from a gravitational force.

Origin of geotaxis

First recorded in 1960–65; geo- + -taxis

Related forms

ge·o·tac·tic [jee-oh-tak-tik] /ˌdʒi oʊˈtæk tɪk/, adjectivege·o·tac·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for geotaxis

geotaxis

/ (ˌdʒiːəʊˈtæksɪs) /

noun

movement of an organism in response to the stimulus of gravity

Derived Forms

geotactic, adjectivegeotactically, adverb
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