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kinesis

 [ki-ne´sis] (Gr.)
movement, such as the activity of an organism in response to a stimulus; the direction of the response is not controlled by the direction of the stimulus (in contrast to a taxis).
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ki·ne·sis

(ki-nē'sis),
Motion. As a termination, used to denote movement or activation, particularly the kind induced by a stimulus.
[G.]
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kinesis

(kə-nē′sĭs, kī-)
n. pl. kine·ses (-sēz)
Movement or activity of an organism in response to a stimulus such as light.
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kinesis

(1) A nonspecific term for any movement of an individual or group, especially toward a stimulus.
(2) Motion sickness, see there.  

Except as a root (e.g., cytokinesis, diakinesis, etc.), kinesis is little used in the working medical parlance.
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ki·ne·sis

(ki-nē'sis)
Motion; as a termination, used to denote movement or activation, particularly the kind induced by a stimulus.
[G.]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

kinesis

any orientation behaviour in which the organism does not move in a particular direction relative to the stimulus, but instead simply moves at an increasing or decreasing rate until it ends up nearer or further from the stimulus. For example, when a woodlouse finds itself drying out it simply moves around a great deal until it encounters a moist spot where it may settle. Compare TAXIS.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005