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klinotaxis

[klahy-nuh-tak-sis]
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noun Biology.
  1. a wavering side-to-side motion of the head occurring as an organism moves forward in response to a source of stimulation, caused by the alternating reaction of sensory receptors on either side of the body.
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Origin of klinotaxis

1935–40; < Greek klī́n(ein) to cause to lean (cf. clino-) + -o- + -taxis
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