[ster-ee-uh-tak-sis, steer-]

Origin of stereotaxis

First recorded in 1915–20; stereo- + -taxis
Related formsster·e·o·tac·tic [ster-ee-uh-tak-tik, steer-] /ˌstɛr i əˈtæk tɪk, ˌstɪər-/, adjectivester·e·o·tac·ti·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for stereotactic


  1. of or relating to stereotaxis
  2. med of or relating to precise localization of a tissue, esp in the brainstereotactic surgery
Derived Formsstereotactically, adverb


  1. the movement of an organism in response to the stimulus of contact with a solid object

Word Origin for stereotaxis

C20: from stereo- + -taxis
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stereotactic in Medicine


  1. A surgical technique that uses medical imaging to precisely locate in three dimensions an anatomical site to which a surgical instrument or a beam of radiation is directed.stereotactic surgery
  2. Movement of an organism in response to contact with a solid body.thigmotaxis
Related formsster′e•o•tactic (-tăktĭk) null null null adj.
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