kinesis

[ ki-nee-sis, kahy- ]
/ kɪˈni sɪs, kaɪ- /
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noun Physiology.

the movement of an organism in response to a stimulus, as light.

Origin of kinesis

1900–05; < Greek kī́nēsis movement, equivalent to kīnē-, verbid stem of kīneîn to move + -sis -sis

Definition for kinesis (2 of 2)

-kinesis


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.

Origin of -kinesis

< Greek -kīnēsis; see kinesis
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British Dictionary definitions for kinesis

kinesis

/ (kɪˈniːsɪs, kaɪ-) /

noun

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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Word Origin and History for kinesis

kinesis


n.

"physical movement," 1819, from Greek kinesis "movement, motion" (see cite).

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Medicine definitions for kinesis

kinesis

[ kə-nēsĭs, kī- ]

n. pl. ki•ne•ses (-sēz′)

Motion or physical movement, especially movement that is induced by stimulation.
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