Share this entry

Share this page

thigmotaxis

Syllabification: thig·mo·tax·is
Pronunciation: /ˌTHiɡməˈtaksis
 
/

Definition of thigmotaxis in English:

noun

Biology
The motion or orientation of an organism in response to a touch stimulus.
Example sentences
  • It has been found, however, that Typhlichthys subterraneus does have a strong thigmotaxis and keeps the top of its head touching and parallel to surfaces.
  • Both fight control and thigmotaxis involve mechanoreceptive inputs from different parts of the body.
  • If correct, phobotaxis, strophotaxis, and thigmotaxis are thus consequences, and not the causes, of the observed movements.

Origin

early 20th century: from Greek thigma 'touch' + taxis.

Derivatives

thigmotactic

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈtaktik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • The thigmotactic behavior observed in the preliminary studies confirms the high priority of defensive behaviors.
  • Note that most anterior cirral pairs develop in one anlage with a row of thigmotactic cirri on the left side; and about ten posteriormost pairs develop in one anlage each with one transverse cirrus.
  • Thrips adults and larvae are thigmotactic, preferring to hide in complex plant parts, flower buds and other folded tissue where they are difficult to detect and to reach with insecticides.

Definition of thigmotaxis in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day prepotent
Pronunciation: ˌprēˈpōtnt
adjective
greater than others in power or influence