magnetotaxis


magnetotaxis
The supposed ability to sense a magnetic field and coordinate movement in response, later discovered to be natural magnetism: such creatures orient themselves magnetically even after death.

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  • magnetotaxis — [mag nēt΄ō tak′sis] n. the movement of an organism in response to a magnetic field magnetotactic [mag nēt΄ōtak′tik] adj …   English World dictionary

  • Magnetotaxis — Logically, magnetotaxis describes an ability to sense a magnetic field and coordinate movement in response. It was applied to the behavior of certain motile, aquatic bacteria in 1975 by R. P. Blakemore. However, it is now known that these… …   Wikipedia

  • Magnetotaxis — Als Magnetotaxis wird die Orientierung der Bewegungsrichtung von Lebewesen in einem Magnetfeld bezeichnet. Ökologisch bedeutend ist die Orientierung am Magnetfeld der Erde. Nach bisherigen Erkenntnissen spielen dabei sogenannte Magnetosomen eine… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • magnetotaxis — Tactic response to magnetic field; in magnetotactic bacteria the Earth s magnetic field is used as a guide to up and down in deep sediment …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • magnetotaxis — magnetotactic /mag nee toh tak tik/, adj. /mag nee toh tak sis/, n. Biol. movement or orientation of an organism in response to a magnetic field. [1960 65; MAGNETO + TAXIS] * * * …   Universalium

  • Magnetotaxis — Magnetotạxis,   die Magnetfeldorientierung …   Universal-Lexikon

  • magnetotaxis — mag·ne·to·tax·is tak səs n, pl tax·es .sēz a taxis in which a magnetic field is the directive factor …   Medical dictionary

  • magnetotaxis — mag•ne•to•tax•is [[t]mægˌni toʊˈtæk sɪs[/t]] n. bio movement or orientation of an organism in response to a magnetic field • Etymology: 1960–65 mag•ne to•tac′tic ˈtæk tɪk adj …   From formal English to slang

  • magnetotaxis — magnetotactic /mag nee toh tak tik/, adj. /mag nee toh tak sis/, n. Biol. movement or orientation of an organism in response to a magnetic field. [1960 65; MAGNETO + TAXIS] …   Useful english dictionary

  • Taxis — This article is about the behavioural response. For the vehicle, see Taxicab. For aircraft movement, see Taxiing. A taxis (plural taxes,  /ˈt …   Wikipedia