[ ster-ee-o-truh-piz-uh m, steer- ]
/ ˌstɛr iˈɒ trəˌpɪz əm, ˌstɪər- /

noun Biology.

a tropism determined by contact with a solid.

Origin of stereotropism

First recorded in 1895–1900; stereo- + tropism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stereotropism

  • The act of seeking the female as well as that of cohabitation are in many cases combinations of chemotropism and stereotropism.

  • This may be a tropism (stereotropism) or it may be a mere surface tension phenomenon.

British Dictionary definitions for stereotropism

/ (ˌstɛrɪˈɒtrəˌpɪzəm, ˌstɪər-) /


another name for thigmotropism

Derived forms of stereotropism

stereotropic (ˌstɛrɪəˈtrɒpɪk, ˌstɪər-), adjective
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Medicine definitions for stereotropism

[ stĕr′ē-ŏtrə-pĭz′əm ]



Other words from stereotropism

ster′e•o•tropic (-ē-ə-trŏpĭk) adj.
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