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

  • n. See stereotaxis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The movement of an organism either towards or away from the stimulus of physical contact.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The property possessed by living protoplasm of contracting, and thus moving, when touched by a solid or fluid substance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In biology, the movement of cells and of organisms in relation to contact with foreign solid bodies.


Greek thigma, touch (from thinganein, to touch; see dheigh- in Indo-European roots) + -taxis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
thigmo- +‎ taxis (Wiktionary)


  • There is also thigmotaxis, a response to touch, rheotaxis, a response to water currents, and a number of others.

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  • Mbnl1 −/− and Mbnl+/+ mice exhibiting > 10% thigmotaxis on the last day of training were excluded from these analyses.

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  • The Water Maze has non-spatial components such as swim velocity, latency or pathlength during acquisition and thigmotaxis as well as spatial components, such as spatially-selective search strategies during probe trials in which the hidden platform is removed

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  • We measured thigmotaxis (amount of time in the outer versus inner zone), and general activity levels (velocity and total distance travelled).

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  • Mbnl1 −/− mice was performed both excluding and including mice that exhibited more than 10% thigmotaxis at the end of training.

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  • 1. Movement of an organism toward or away from any object that provides a mechanical stimulus or touch.
    2. A directed response of a motile organism to a continuous contact with a solid surface.
    3. Taxis, or movement, in response to touch stimulus.

    December 3, 2007