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phototaxis

or pho·to·tax·y

[ foh-tuh-tak-sis ]
/ ˌfoʊ təˈtæk sɪs /
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noun Biology.
movement of an organism toward or away from a source of light.
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Origin of phototaxis

First recorded in 1900–05; photo- + -taxis

OTHER WORDS FROM phototaxis

pho·to·tac·tic [foh-tuh-tak-tik], /ˌfoʊ təˈtæk tɪk/, adjectivepho·to·tac·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use phototaxis in a sentence

  • If it acts in a one-sided way, it causes the particular form of stimulation which we call phototaxis or heliotropism.

    The Wonders of Life|Ernst Haeckel

British Dictionary definitions for phototaxis

phototaxis

phototaxy

/ (ˌfəʊtəʊˈtæksɪs) /

noun
the movement of an entire organism in response to light

Derived forms of phototaxis

phototactic (ˌfəʊtəʊˈtæktɪk), adjective
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Medical definitions for phototaxis

phototaxis
[ fō′tō-tăksĭs ]

n.
The movement of an organism or cell toward or away from a source of light.

Other words from phototaxis

pho′to•tactic (-tăktĭk) adj.
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