[ther-mo-truh-piz-uh m]

Origin of thermotropism

First recorded in 1885–90; thermo- + -tropism
Related formsther·mo·trop·ic [thur-muh-trop-ik, -troh-pik] /ˌθɜr məˈtrɒp ɪk, -ˈtroʊ pɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for thermotropic


  1. the directional growth of a plant in response to the stimulus of heat
Derived Formsthermotropic, adjective
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thermotropic in Medicine


  1. The tendency of plants or other organisms to bend toward or away from heat.
Related formsther′mo•tropic (thûr′mə-trŏpĭk) adj.
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