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thigmotaxis

[ thig-muh-tak-sis ]
/ ˌθɪg məˈtæk sɪs /
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noun Biology.

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

OTHER WORDS FROM thigmotaxis

thig·mo·tac·tic [thig-muh-tak-tik], /ˌθɪg məˈtæk tɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for thigmotaxis

thigmotaxis
/ (ˌθɪɡməˈtæksɪs) /

noun

another name for stereotaxis

Derived forms of thigmotaxis

thigmotactic, adjectivethigmotactically, adverb

Word Origin for thigmotaxis

C19: from Greek thigma touch + -taxis
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Medical definitions for thigmotaxis

thigmotaxis
[ thĭg′mə-tăksĭs ]

n.

stereotaxis

Other words from thigmotaxis

thig′mo•tactic (-tăktĭk) adj.
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