geotaxis

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

noun Biology.

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

Nearby words

  1. geosynchronous,
  2. geosynchronous satellite,
  3. geosynclinal,
  4. geosyncline,
  5. geotag,
  6. geotechnical,
  7. geotectonic,
  8. geotextile,
  9. geotherm,
  10. geothermal

Origin of geotaxis

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

Related formsge·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 Formsgeotactic, adjectivegeotactically, adverb

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