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.
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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.
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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In previously determining that these animals prefer to swim away from the light (negative phototaxis) and preferably be touching the sides of the tanks (positive thigmotaxis), they first set about asking whether these preferences could be altered by the size and shape of their testing tanks.
Thigmotaxis (swimming along the walls of the pool) was not observed among Cdkl5 female genotypes.
Seven days after injury, animals performed an open field thigmotaxis assessment [19, 20].