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stereotaxis

[ster-ee-uh-tak-sis, steer-] /ˌstɛr i əˈtæk sɪs, ˌstɪər-/
noun, Biology
1.
movement of an organism in response to contact with a solid.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; stereo- + -taxis
Related forms
stereotactic
[ster-ee-uh-tak-tik, steer-] /ˌstɛr i əˈtæk tɪk, ˌstɪər-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
stereotactically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for stereotactically

stereotaxis

/ˌstɛrɪəˈtæksɪs; ˌstɪər-/
noun
1.
the movement of an organism in response to the stimulus of contact with a solid object
Word Origin
C20: from stereo- + -taxis
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stereotactically in Medicine

stereotaxis ster·e·o·tax·is (stěr'ē-ə-tāk'sĭs, stēr'-) or ster·e·o·tax·y (stěr'ē-ə-tāk'sē, stēr'-)
n.

  1. A method in neurosurgery and neurological research for precisely locating points within the brain using an external, 3-dimensional frame of reference. Also called stereoencephalotomy, stereotactic surgery.

  2. Movement of an organism in response to contact with a solid body. Also called thigmotaxis.


ster'e·o·tac'tic (-tāk'tĭk) or ster'e·o·tax'ic (-tāk'sĭk) or ster'e·o·tac'ti·cal (-tāk'tĭ-kəl) or ster'e·o·tax'i·cal (-tāk'sĭ-kəl) adj.
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