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thig·mo·tax·is

 (thĭg′mə-tăk′sĭs)
n.
Movement of an organism in response to contact with a solid body.

[Greek thigma, touch (from thinganein, to touch; see dheigh- in Indo-European roots) + -taxis.]

thig′mo·tac′tic (-tăk′tĭk) adj.
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thigmotaxis

(ˌθɪɡməˈtæksɪs)
n, pl -taxes (-ˈtæksiːz)
(Biology) another name for stereotaxis
[C19: from Greek thigma touch + -taxis]
ˌthigmoˈtactic adj
ˌthigmoˈtactically adv
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thigmotaxis

involuntary response or reaction to the touch of outside objects or bodies, as in motile cells. — thigmotactic, adj.
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involuntary response or reaction to the touch of outside objects or bodies, as in motile cells. — thigmotaetic, adj.
See also: Touch
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