thermotropism

[ ther-mo-truh-piz-uh m ]
/ θərˈmɒ trəˌpɪz əm /

noun Biology.

oriented growth of an organism in response to heat.

Nearby words

  1. thermotaxis,
  2. thermotensile,
  3. thermotherapy,
  4. thermotolerant,
  5. thermotonometer,
  6. thero-,
  7. theroid,
  8. theron,
  9. therophyte,
  10. theropod

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

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British Dictionary definitions for thermotropism

thermotropism

/ (ˌθɜːməʊˈtrəʊpɪzəm) /

noun

the directional growth of a plant in response to the stimulus of heat
Derived Formsthermotropic, adjective

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Medicine definitions for thermotropism

thermotropism

[ thər-mŏtrə-pĭz′əm ]

n.

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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