kinesis

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek κίνησις (kínēsis, motion, movement).

Noun[edit]

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kinesis (usually uncountable, plural kineses)

  1. the movement of an organism in response to an external stimulus

Usage notes[edit]

  • Unlike taxis, the movement can be in any direction or even random. Its rate — that is, the frequency of turning or reorientation, or of activity — depends on the intensity of the stimulation.

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