heliotaxis

[ hee-lee-oh-tak-sis ]
/ ˌhi li oʊˈtæk sɪs /

noun Biology.

movement of an organism toward or away from sunlight.

Origin of heliotaxis

First recorded in 1895–1900; helio- + -taxis

Related forms

he·li·o·tac·tic [hee-lee-oh-tak-tik] /ˌhi li oʊˈtæk tɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for heliotaxis

heliotaxis

/ (ˌhiːlɪəʊˈtæksɪs) /

noun

movement of an entire organism in response to the stimulus of sunlight

Derived Forms

heliotactic (ˌhiːlɪəʊˈtæktɪk), adjective
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