thermotaxis


Also found in: Dictionary, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

thermotaxis

 [ther″mo-tak´sis]
1. normal adjustment of bodily temperature.
2. taxis in response to the stimulation of a temperature gradient. adj., adj thermotac´tic, thermotax´ic.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

ther·mo·tax·is

(ther'mō-tak'sis),
1. Reaction of living protoplasm to the stimulus of heat. Compare: thermotropism.
2. Regulation of the temperature of the body.
[thermo- + G. taxis, orderly arrangement]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

thermotaxis

(thûr′mə-tăk′sĭs)
n. pl. thermo·taxes (-tăk′sēz)
1. Movement of a living organism in response to changes in temperature.
2. Normal regulation or adjustment of body temperature.

ther′mo·tac′tic (-tăk′tĭk), ther′mo·tax′ic (-tăk′sĭk) adj.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

ther·mo·tax·is

(thĕr'mō-tak'sis)
1. Reaction of living protoplasm to the stimulus of heat.
Compare: thermotropism
2. Regulation of the temperature of the body.
[thermo- + G. taxis, orderly arrangement]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
References in periodicals archive ?
"The evidence for thermotaxis is, in my opinion, as good as the evidence for chemotaxis," says Eisenbach.
"I would stop short of concluding that the data provide strong proof for the existence of thermotaxis in rabbit sperm," she says.
Assuming that human sperm navigate by temperature, Eisenbach envisions physicians' using a thermotaxis assay to evaluate the fitness of a man's sperm.
Mori and Oshima (11), using laser ablation and thermotaxis assays, developed a model circuit to explain their observed effects of laser "kills" on thermotaxis and isothermal tracking behavior.
(10.) Bargmann CI and Mori I: Chemotaxis and Thermotaxis. In C.
(11.) Mori I and Oshima Y: Neural regulation of thermotaxis in Caenorhabditis elegans.
(12.) Mori I and Oshima Y: Molecular neurogenics of chemotaxis and thermotaxis in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans.
Thermotaxis and thermosensory neurons in infective larvae of Haemonchus contortus, a passively ingested nematode parasite.
The neurons of class ALD mediate thermotaxis in the parasitic nematode, Strongyloides stercoralis.