the movement of an organism in response to a stimulus, as light.
Other definitions for -kinesis (2 of 2)
a combining form with the general sense “movement, activity,” used in the formation of compound words, often with the particular senses “reaction to a stimulus” (photokinesis), “movement without an apparent physical cause” (telekinesis), “activity within a cell” (karyokinesis).
- Compare -kinesia.
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How to use kinesis in a sentence
What figurations, what formulas, could describe the inexhaustible kinesis of those years?
Joyce says something of the sort very differently, he is full of technical scholastic terms: "stasis, kinesis," etc.Instigations | Ezra Pound
And the old word kinesis will be correctly given as iesis in corresponding modern letters.Cratylus | Plato
British Dictionary definitions for kinesis
biology the nondirectional movement of an organism or cell in response to a stimulus, the rate of movement being dependent on the strength of the stimulus
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