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Motion. As a termination, used to denote movement or activation, particularly the kind induced by a stimulus.
kinesis/ki·ne·sis/ (kĭ-ne´sis) [Gr.]
2. stimulus-induced motion responsive only to the intensity of the stimulus, not the direction; cf. taxis.
n. pl. kine·ses (-sēz)
Movement or activity of an organism in response to a stimulus such as light.
physical movement or force, particularly when induced by a stimulus.
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.
Motion; as a termination, used to denote movement or activation, particularly the kind induced by a stimulus.
kinesisany 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.
[Gr.] movement, e.g. 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).