from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Movement of a living organism in response to changes in temperature.
  • noun Normal regulation or adjustment of body temperature.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In biology, the movement of organisms in relation to heat: movement toward a higher temperature is positive thermotaxis and that toward a lower temperature negative thermotaxis.
  • noun The regulation of the bodily temperature, or the adjustment of thermogenesis and thermolysis so as to secure a certain temperature.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The property possessed by protoplasm of moving under the influence of heat.
  • noun Determination of the direction of locomotion by heat.

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  • noun biology Movement in response to temperature


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