electrotaxis

electrotaxis
Reaction of plant or animal protoplasm to either an anode or a cathode. SEE ALSO: tropism. SYN: electrotropism, galvanotaxis, galvanotropism. [electro- + G. taxis, orderly arrangement]
- negative e. e. by which an organism is attracted toward an anode or repelled from a cathode.
- positive e. e. by which an organism is attracted toward a cathode or repelled from an anode.

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elec·tro·tax·is -'tak-səs n, pl -tax·es -.sēz movement in which an electric current constitutes the directive factor: GALVANOTAXIS

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elec·tro·tax·is (e-lek″tro-takґsis) [electro- + -taxis] the movement of organisms or cells under the influence of electric currents.

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