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 Dictionary entry overview: What does tropism mean? 

TROPISM (noun)
  The noun TROPISM has 1 sense:

1. an involuntary orienting response; positive or negative reaction to a stimulus source

  Familiarity information: TROPISM used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

TROPISM (noun)

Sense 1tropism [BACK TO TOP]


An involuntary orienting response; positive or negative reaction to a stimulus source

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("tropism" is a kind of...):

reaction; response (a bodily process occurring due to the effect of some foregoing stimulus or agent)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "tropism"):

ergotropism (an affinity for work)

geotropism (an orienting response to gravity)

heliotropism (an orienting response to the sun)

meteortropism (an effect of climate on biological processes (as the effect on joint pains etc.))

neurotropism (an affinity for neural tissues)

phototropism (an orienting response to light)

trophotropism (an orienting response to food)

thermotropism (an orienting response to warmth)

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