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ki·ne·sis

 (kə-nē′sĭs, kī-)
n. pl. ki·ne·ses (-sēz)
Movement or activity of an organism in response to a stimulus such as light.

[Greek kīnēsis, movement, from kīnein, to move; see kei- in Indo-European roots.]

kinesis

(kɪˈniːsɪs; kaɪ-)
n
(Biology) biology the nondirectional movement of an organism or cell in response to a stimulus, the rate of movement being dependent on the strength of the stimulus

ki•ne•sis

(kɪˈni sɪs, kaɪ-)

n.
the movement of an organism in response to a stimulus, as light.
[1900–05; < Greek kinēsis movement]

-kinesis

a combining form with the meaning “movement, activity,” often used with the more particular senses “reaction to a stimulus” (photokinesis), “movement without an apparent physical cause” (telekinesis), “activity within a cell” (karyokinesis). Compare -kinesia.
[< Greek -kīnēsis; see kinesis]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kinesis - a movement that is a response to a stimulus but is not oriented with respect to the source of stimulation
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"
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