taxis

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noun tax·is \ ˈtak-səs \

Definition of taxis

plural taxes play \-ˌsēz\
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

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Origin and Etymology of taxis

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


-taxis

noun combining form

Definition of -taxis

plural -taxes
1 :arrangement :ordering
  • thermotaxis
2 :physiological taxis
  • chemotaxis

Origin and Etymology 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 play \-ˌsēz\
1 :the manual restoration of a displaced body part; specifically :the reduction of a hernia manually
2 a :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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