- 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
- 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).
Origin of -kinesis
< Greek -kīnēsis; see kinesis
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Joyce says something of the sort very differently, he is full of technical scholastic terms: "stasis, kinesis," etc.Instigations
- 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
"physical movement," 1819, from Greek kinesis "movement, motion" (see cite).
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- Motion or physical movement, especially movement that is induced by stimulation.
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