Origin of thermotaxis

First recorded in 1890–95; thermo- + -taxis
Related formsther·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. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for thermotaxis


  1. the directional movement of an organism in response to the stimulus of a source of heat
Derived Formsthermotaxic, adjective
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thermotaxis in Medicine


n. pl. ther•mo•tax•es (-tăksēz)
  1. Movement of a living organism in response to changes in temperature.
  2. Normal regulation or adjustment of body temperature.
Related formsther′mo•tactic (-tăktĭk) null adj.
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