thigmotaxis


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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.

thigmotaxis

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

thigmotaxis

involuntary response or reaction to the touch of outside objects or bodies, as in motile cells. — thigmotactic, adj.
See also: Biology
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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This is an important point because several researchers have noted that initial acquisition in the MST is complicated by interfering behaviors, such as thigmotaxis (circling the circumference of pool) and failing to climb onto the platform when it is reached (Cain et al.
As expected, parallel results were obtained for the time spent in the periphery; sildenafil treatment reduced thigmotaxis relative to control animals (data not shown).