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31 Aug 2018

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thigmotropism

[thig-mo-truh-piz-uhm]
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Biology. oriented growth of an organism in response to mechanical contact, as a plant tendril coiling around a string support.

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When touch is the stimulus, the response is thigmotropism. Positive thigmotropism occurs when a tendril touches an object and, by growing toward it, wraps around it.
-- James D. Mauseth, Botany: An Introduction to Plant Biology, 2009

ORIGIN
Thigmotropism is a very rare word, restricted to biology, especially botany. All three of the components of the word come from Greek: thígma means “a touch”; trópos and tropḗ are both nouns meaning “a turning, turn”; and -ism comes from the Greek suffixes -ismós, isma, used to form nouns denoting the result of an action. Thigmotropism entered English in the early 20th century.

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