thermotaxis

thermotaxis

[thur-muh-tak-sis]
noun
1.
Biology. movement of an organism toward or away from a source of heat.
2.
Physiology. the regulation of the bodily temperature.

Origin:
1890–95; thermo- + -taxis

thermotactic [thur-muh-tak-tik] , thermotaxic, adjective
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thermotaxis (ˌθɜːməʊˈtæksɪs)
 
n
the directional movement of an organism in response to the stimulus of a source of heat
 
thermo'taxic
 
adj

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thermotaxis ther·mo·tax·is (thûr'mə-tāk'sĭs)
n. pl. ther·mo·tax·es (-tāk'sēz)

  1. movement of a living organism in response to changes in temperature.

  2. Normal regulation or adjustment of body temperature.


ther'mo·tac'tic (-tāk'tĭk) or ther'mo·tax'ic (-tāk'sĭk) adj.
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