Definition of taxis in English:
noun (plural taxesˈtakˌsēz)
2 Biology A motion or orientation of a cell, organism, or part in response to an external stimulus. Compare with kinesis.
- A taxis is a behavioural reaction where an animal moves directly towards (positive taxis) or away (negative taxis) from the source of the stimulus.
Mid 18th century (sense 1): from Greek, literally 'arrangement', from tassein 'arrange'. sense 2 dates from the late 19th century.
Words that rhyme with taxisanaphylaxis, axis, praxis