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chemotaxis

[kee-moh-tak-sis, kem-oh-] /ˌki moʊˈtæk sɪs, ˌkɛm oʊ-/
noun, Biology
1.
oriented movement toward or away from a chemical stimulus.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; chemo- + -taxis
Related forms
chemotactic
[kee-moh-tak-tik, kem-oh-] /ˌki moʊˈtæk tɪk, ˌkɛm oʊ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
chemotactically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for chemotaxis

chemotaxis

/ˌkɛməʊˈtæksɪs/
noun
1.
the movement of a microorganism or cell in response to a chemical stimulus
Derived Forms
chemotactic, adjective
chemotactically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for chemotaxis
chemotaxis
1894, Mod.L., coined in Ger. 1888, from chemo- + Gk. taxis "arrangement" (see taxidermy).
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chemotaxis in Medicine

chemotaxis che·mo·tax·is (kē'mō-tāk'sĭs, kěm'ō-)
n.
The characteristic movement or orientation of an organism or cell along a chemical concentration gradient either toward or away from the chemical stimulus. Also called chemotropism.

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chemotaxis in Science
chemotaxis
  (kē'mō-tāk'sĭs, kěm'ō-)   
The characteristic movement or orientation of an organism or cell along a chemical concentration gradient either toward or away from the chemical stimulus. Bacteria exhibit chemotaxis when they move toward a source of nutrients.
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