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n. pl. tax·es (tăk′sēz)
1. Biology The responsive movement of a free-moving organism or cell toward or away from an external stimulus, such as light.
2. Medicine The moving of a body part by manipulation into normal position, as after a dislocation, fracture, or hernia.

[Greek, arrangement, from tassein, tag-, to arrange.]


1. (Biology) the movement of a cell or organism in a particular direction in response to an external stimulus
2. (Surgery) surgery the repositioning of a displaced organ or part by manual manipulation only
[C18: via New Latin from Greek: arrangement, from tassein to place in order]


(ˈtæk sɪs)

n., pl. tax•es (ˈtæk siz)
1. arrangement or order, as in one of the physical sciences.
2. oriented movement of a motile organism in response to an external stimulus, as toward light.
3. the repositioning of a displaced body part by manipulation without cutting.
[1720–30; < New Latin < Greek táxis, derivative of tássein to arrange]




a combining form representing taxis1: chemotaxis.


The response of a protist or lower animal to directional stimulus, usually involving movement, either towards the stimulus or away from it.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.taxis - a locomotor response toward or away from an external stimulus by a motile (and usually simple) organism
response, reaction - a bodily process occurring due to the effect of some antecedent stimulus or agent; "a bad reaction to the medicine"; "his responses have slowed with age"
chemotaxis - movement by a cell or organism in reaction to a chemical stimulus
2.taxis - the surgical procedure of manually restoring a displaced body part
surgical operation, surgical procedure, surgical process, surgery, operation - a medical procedure involving an incision with instruments; performed to repair damage or arrest disease in a living body; "they will schedule the operation as soon as an operating room is available"; "he died while undergoing surgery"


L. taxis.
1. manipulación o reducción de una parte u órgano para llevarlo a la posición normal;
2. reflejo direccional del movimiento de un organismo en respuesta a un estímulo.
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A bioassay also was conducted to test the bioassay apparatus without any odor in the olfactometer to confirm that the insects displayed positive anemotaxis in the arena when presented with clean air in both arms.
aegypti (L.) host-seeking behaviors (anemotaxis, landing, and blood feeding) under laboratory conditions, and (2) determine if these products were effective in reducing the number of host-seeking Ae.
Los de flujo de aire se usan en estudios encaminados a la deteccion y medicion de respuestas de atraccion de insectos a senales olfativas emitidas en distancias largas y medianas, ya que permite evaluar conductas de anemotaxis desencadenadas por aromas contenidos en una corriente de aire (Lopez-Avila y Rincon 2006).