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thermotropism Line breaks: thermo|trop¦ism
Pronunciation: /ˌθəːmə(ʊ)ˈtrəʊpɪz(ə)m/

Definition of thermotropism in English:


[mass noun] Biology
The turning or bending of a plant or other organism in response to a directional source of heat.
Example sentences
  • Whether thermotropism would explain the observed relative preference of this parasite for chickens, which have a slightly higher body temperature than guinea pigs, remains to be determined.
  • It appears to be a case of thermotropism, where the flower buds sense the cold downdraft of a thunderstorm and constrict before the drowning rain arrives.
  • It is proposed that these and related mechanosensitive channels may participate in a variety of responses to temperature, including thermotropism, hydrotropism, and both cold damage and cold acclimation.


Pronunciation: /ˌθəːmə(ʊ)ˈtrəʊpɪk/ /ˌθəːmə(ʊ)ˈtrɒpɪk/
Example sentences
  • As noted above, the thermotropic phase behavior of these lipids changes after the low-temperature incubation protocol is applied.
  • Differential scanning calorimetry was utilized to assess the impact of the fluorescent probes on the thermotropic phase behavior of the studied lipid membranes.
  • Our data also show that the thermotropic phase behavior of these lipid dispersions changes after prolonged periods of low-temperature incubation.
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