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thigmotaxis

 [thig″mo-tak´sis]
taxis in response to contact. adj., adj thigmotac´tic, thigmotax´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.

thig·mo·tax·is

(thig'mō-tak'sis),
A form of barotaxis; denoting the reaction of plant or animal protoplasm to contact with a solid body. Compare: thigmotropism.
[G. thigma, touch, + taxis, orderly arrangement]
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thigmotaxis

(thĭg′mə-tăk′sĭs)
n.
Movement of an organism in response to contact with a solid body.

thig′mo·tac′tic (-tăk′tĭk) adj.
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thig·mo·tax·is

(thig'mō-tak'sis)
A form of barotaxis; denoting the reaction of plant or animal protoplasm to contact with a solid body.
Compare: thigmotropism
[G. thigma, touch, + taxis, orderly arrangement]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
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Increased emotionality and anxiety is associated with a decrease in locomotor activity and rearing, increased activity in the periphery versus the central part of the testing area (thigmotaxis), and defecation (see table 1).
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This behavior is named thigmotaxis (Treit and Fundytus, 1988).