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thigmotropism

[ thig-mo-truh-piz-uhm ]

noun

, Biology.
  1. oriented growth of an organism in response to mechanical contact, as a plant tendril coiling around a string support.


thigmotropism

/ ˌθɪɡməʊˈtrəʊpɪzəm /

noun

  1. the directional growth of a plant, in response to the stimulus of direct contact Also calledhaptotropismstereotropism


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Derived Forms

  • ˌthigmoˈtropic, adjective
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Other Words From

  • thig·mo·trop·ic [thig-m, uh, -, trop, -ik, -, troh, -pik], adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of thigmotropism1

First recorded in 1890–95; from Greek thígm(a) “a touch” + -o- ( def ) + -tropism
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Word History and Origins

Origin of thigmotropism1

C19: from Greek thigma touch + -tropism

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