[ree-o-truh-piz-uh m]


the effect of a current of water upon the direction of plant growth.

Nearby words

  1. rheoreceptor,
  2. rheostat,
  3. rheostosis,
  4. rheotaxis,
  5. rheotron,
  6. rhesian,
  7. rhestocythemia,
  8. rhesus,
  9. rhesus baby,
  10. rhesus factor

Origin of rheotropism

First recorded in 1885–90; rheo- + -tropism

Related formsrhe·o·trop·ic [ree-uh-trop-ik, -troh-pik] /ˌri əˈtrɒp ɪk, -ˈtroʊ pɪk/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for rheotropism



growth of a plant or sessile animal in the direction of a current of water
Derived Formsrheotropic (ˌriːəˈtrɒpɪk), adjective

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Medicine definitions for rheotropism




Growth or movement of a part of an organism in response to the motion of a current.

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