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taxis

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noun, tax·is \ˈtak-səs\

Definition of taxis

plural taxes play \-ˌsēz\

  1. 1 :  reflex translational or orientational movement by a freely motile and usually simple organism in relation to a source of stimulation (as a light or a temperature or chemical gradient)

  2. 2 :  a reflex reaction involving a taxis



Origin of taxis

Greek, literally, arrangement, order, from tassein to arrange


First Known Use: 1899


-taxis

noun combining form, tax·is

Definition of -taxis

plural -taxes

  1. 1 :  arrangement :  ordering <thermotaxis>

  2. 2 :  physiological taxis <chemotaxis>



Origin of -taxis

New Latin, from Greek, from taxis


Medical Dictionary

taxis

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noun tax·is \ˈtak-səs\

Medical Definition of taxis

plural taxes \-ˌsēz\play

  1. 1:  the manual restoration of a displaced body part; specifically :  the reduction of a hernia manually

  2. 2a:  reflex translational or orientational movement by a freely motile and usually simple organism in relation to a source of stimulation (as a light or a temperature or chemical gradient)b:  a reflex reaction involving a taxis





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