[ thur-muh-tak-sis ]
/ ˌθɜr məˈtæk sɪs /


Biology. movement of an organism toward or away from a source of heat.
Physiology. the regulation of the bodily temperature.

Origin of thermotaxis

First recorded in 1890–95; thermo- + -taxis

OTHER WORDS FROM thermotaxis

ther·mo·tac·tic [thur-muh-tak-tik] /ˌθɜr məˈtæk tɪk/, ther·mo·tax·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for thermotaxis

/ (ˌθɜːməʊˈtæksɪs) /


the directional movement of an organism in response to the stimulus of a source of heat

Derived forms of thermotaxis

thermotaxic, adjective
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Medicine definitions for thermotaxis

[ thûr′mə-tăksĭs ]

n. pl. ther•mo•tax•es (-tăksēz)

Movement of a living organism in response to changes in temperature.
Normal regulation or adjustment of body temperature.

Other words from thermotaxis

ther′mo•tactic (-tăktĭk) null adj.
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