trophallaxis

[ trof-uh-lak-sis, troh-fuh- ]
/ ˌtrɒf əˈlæk sɪs, ˌtroʊ fə- /

noun, plural troph·al·lax·es [trof-uh-lak-seez, troh-fuh-] /ˌtrɒf əˈlæk siz, ˌtroʊ fə-/.

(among social insects) the exchange of nutriments or other secretions between members of a colony.

Nearby words

  1. trope,
  2. tropeolin,
  3. troph-,
  4. trophaeum,
  5. trophallactic,
  6. trophectoderm,
  7. trophedema,
  8. trophesy,
  9. trophi,
  10. trophic

Origin of trophallaxis

1915–20; troph- + Greek állaxis exchange, equivalent to allak- (verbid stem of allássein to change; see allo-) + -sis -sis

Related formstroph·al·lac·tic [trof-uh-lak-tik, troh-fuh-] /ˌtrɒf əˈlæk tɪk, ˌtroʊ fə-/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for trophallaxis

trophallaxis

/ (ˌtrɒfəˈlæksɪs) /

noun

the exchange of regurgitated food that occurs between adults and larvae in colonies of social insects
Derived Formstrophallactic, adjective

Word Origin for trophallaxis

C19/20: from New Latin, from tropho- + Greek allaxis exchange, from allassein to change, from allos other

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