negative tropism
The tendency to retreat from stimuli.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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  • negative — 1. Not affirmative; refutative; not positive; not abnormal. 2. Denoting failure of response, absence of a reaction, or absence of an entity or condition in question. [L. negativus, fr. nego, to deny] * * * neg·a·tive neg ət iv …   Medical dictionary

  • tropism — [trō′piz΄əm] n. [< TROPISM] the positive, or negative, attraction of a plant or sessile animal toward, or away from, a stimulus, as in the turning of a sunflower toward the light tropistic adj …   English World dictionary

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  • tropism — noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary tropism Date: 1899 1. a. involuntary orientation by an organism or one of its parts that involves turning or curving by movement or by differential growth and is a positive or negative response… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tropism — The phenomenon, observed in living organisms, of moving toward (positive t.) or away from (negative t.) a focus of light, heat, or other stimulus; usually applied to the movement of a portion of the organism as opposed to taxis, the …   Medical dictionary

  • tropism — n. orientation of an organism usually involving growing in positive or negative response to stimuli (Biology) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • photophobotaxis — n. [Gr. phos, light; phobos, fear; taxis, arrangement] Movement involved in the avoidance of light; negative tropism …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

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