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noun Biology.
  1. movement of an organism toward or away from any object that provides a mechanical stimulus.
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Origin of thigmotaxis

1895–1900; < Greek thígm(a) touch + -o- + -taxis
Related formsthig·mo·tac·tic [thig-muh-tak-tik] /ˌθɪg məˈtæk tɪk/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for thigmotactic

Historical Examples

  • Thigmotactic: contact-loving: applied to species that tend to live close together or in touch, one with the other.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith

British Dictionary definitions for thigmotactic


  1. another name for stereotaxis
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Derived Formsthigmotactic, adjectivethigmotactically, adverb

Word Origin

C19: from Greek thigma touch + -taxis
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thigmotactic in Medicine


  1. stereotaxis
Related formsthig′mo•tactic (-tăktĭk) adj.