taxis (plural taxes)
- (biology) The directional movement of an organism in response to a stimulus.
- (medicine) The manipulation of a body part into its normal position after injury.
- (rhetoric) The arrangement of the parts of a topic.
- arrangement or ordering generally, as in architecture or grammar
- (historical) A brigade in an Ancient Greek army.
Distinguished from tropism in that in a tropism, the organism is not motile, and simply turns or grows towards or away from stimulus (e.g., plants, fungi), while in a taxis, the organism has motility and moves towards or away from stimulus (e.g., bacteria, animals). Distinguished from a kinesis in that a kinesis is non-directional movement, while a taxis is directional.
- plural of
- Third-person singular simple present indicative form of taxi
- taxis in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
- taxis in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
- taxis in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin