A directed motile response to temperature. The grex of Dictyostelium discoideum shows a positive thermotaxis.

Dictionary of molecular biology. 2004.

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  • thermotaxis — n. [Gr. therme, heat; taxis, arrangement] A taxis in which heat is the response initiating stimulus; regulation of body temperature. thesocytes n. pl. [Gr. thesis, deposit; kytos container] (PORIFERA) In hibernating fresh water sponge gemmules,… …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

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  • Thermotaxis — Thẹr|mo|ta|xis ↑ Taxie. * * * Thermotạxis,   durch Temperaturreize ausgelöste gerichtete, aktive Ortsveränderung frei beweglicher Lebewesen (Taxien). * * * Ther|mo|tạ|xis, die; , ...xen [2↑Taxis] (Biol.): durch Temperaturunterschiede… …   Universal-Lexikon

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