thermotropism

noun

ther·​mot·​ro·​pism (ˌ)thər-ˈmä-trə-ˌpi-zəm How to pronounce thermotropism (audio)
: a tropism in which a temperature gradient determines the orientation

Word History

Etymology

thermo- + -tropism, probably after German Thermotropismus

First Known Use

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of thermotropism was circa 1890

Dictionary Entries Near thermotropism

Cite this Entry

“Thermotropism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thermotropism. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

thermotropism

noun
ther·​mot·​ro·​pism (ˌ)thər-ˈmä-trə-ˌpiz-əm How to pronounce thermotropism (audio)
: a tropism in which a temperature gradient determines the orientation
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