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[ki-mo-truh-piz-uh m] /kɪˈmɒ trəˌpɪz əm/
noun, Biology.
oriented growth or movement in response to a chemical stimulus.
Origin of chemotropism
1895-1900; chemo- + -tropism
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[kee-muh-trop-ik, -troh-pik, kem-uh-] /ˌki məˈtrɒp ɪk, -ˈtroʊ pɪk, ˌkɛm ə-/ (Show IPA),
chemotropically, adverb Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Herbst pointed out that this might be a case of chemotropism, caused by the oxygen surrounding the egg.

    Darwin and Modern Science A.C. Seward and Others
  • The act of seeking the female as well as that of cohabitation are in many cases combinations of chemotropism and stereotropism.

  • We have already alluded to certain phenomena of chemotropism in Chapter IV.

  • It is chemotropism, not solicitude for its offspring, which drives the flesh fly to lay its eggs on decaying meat.

    Being Well-Born Michael F. Guyer
British Dictionary definitions for chemotropism


the growth response of an organism, esp a plant, to a chemical stimulus
Derived Forms
chemotropic (ˌkɛməʊˈtrɒpɪk) adjective
chemotropically, adverb
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chemotropism in Medicine

chemotropism che·mot·ro·pism (kĭ-mŏt'rə-pĭz'əm)
See chemotaxis.

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