trophotropism


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trophotropism

(trɒˈfɒtrəˌpɪzəm)
n
the response by an organism or cell to, or the movement of an organism or cell towards or away from, an external source of nutrition

trophotropism

the movement of cells in relation to food or nutritive matter. — trophotropic, adj.
See also: Cells
the movement of cells in relation to food or nutritive matter. — trophotropic, adj.
See also: Motion
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Noun1.trophotropism - an orienting response to food
tropism - an involuntary orienting response; positive or negative reaction to a stimulus source
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We now know that abnormalities of placental surface shape result mainly from early influences--perturbations of placental growth that occur no later than mid-gestation--rather than from trophotropism (the placenta "grows where it can and does not grow where it can't") and passive uterine remodeling later in pregnancy, as has traditionally been believed.
Variations in the attachment of umbilical cord are thought to result from the process known as trophotropism in which the chorionic frondorum or the early placenta 'migrate' with advancing gestation to ensure a better blood supply from a richly vascularized area.