Definition of thigmotaxis in English:

thigmotaxis

Syllabification: thig·mo·tax·is
Pronunciation: /ˌTHigməˈtaksis
 
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noun

Biology
The motion or orientation of an organism in response to a touch stimulus.
More 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

Pronunciation: /-ˈtaktik/
adjective
More 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.

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