Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Movement of a living organism in response to changes in temperature.
  • n. Normal regulation or adjustment of body temperature.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Movement in response to temperature

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The property possessed by protoplasm of moving under the influence of heat.
  • n. Determination of the direction of locomotion by heat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In biology, the movement of organisms in relation to heat: movement toward a higher temperature is positive thermotaxis and that toward a lower temperature negative thermotaxis.
  • n. The regulation of the bodily temperature, or the adjustment of thermogenesis and thermolysis so as to secure a certain temperature.

Etymologies

thermo- +‎ taxis (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Ohshima Y (1995) Neural regulation of thermotaxis in

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  • Some Archaea have a flagella and are thermotaxis which means that they are drawn toward extreme temperatures.

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  • The height of each bar in the histogram corresponds to the overlap between the modules and functional circuits (F1) mechanosensation, (F2) egg laying, (F3) thermotaxis, (F4) chemosensation, (F5) feeding, (F6) exploration and (F7) tap withdrawal.

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