taxis

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

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

Noun combining form

New Latin, from Greek, from taxis

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taxis

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