taxis

noun
tax·​is | \ ˈtak-səs How to pronounce taxis (audio) \
plural taxes\ ˈtak-​ˌsēz How to pronounce taxis (audio) \

Definition of taxis

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Definition of -taxis (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : arrangement : ordering thermotaxis
2 : physiological taxis chemotaxis

First Known Use of taxis

Noun

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for taxis

Noun

borrowed from German Taxis, borrowed from Greek táxis "drawing up in rank and file, order of battle, arrangement, order," from tag-, stem of tássein (Attic táttein) "to draw up in order (as troops, ships), post, station, place in order, prescribe, assess" + -sis -sis — more at tactic entry 2

Noun combining form

borrowed from Greek táxis "arrangement, disposition, order" — more at taxis

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“Taxis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taxis. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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taxis

noun
tax·​is | \ ˈtak-səs How to pronounce taxis (audio) \
plural taxes\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce taxis (audio) \

Medical Definition of taxis

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