kinesis[ki nē′sis, kī-]
Physiol. physical movement, esp. involuntary random movement resulting from a particular stimulus
Movement or activity of an organism in response to a stimulus such as light.
Origin of kinesisGreek kīnēsis, movement, from kīnein, to move; see kei-2 in Indo-European roots.
Origin of -kinesisFrom Greek kīnēsis, movement; see kinesis.
(usually uncountable, plural kineses)
- Unlike taxis, the movement can be in any direction or even random. Its rate — that is, the frequency of turning or reorientation, or of activity — depends on the intensity of the stimulation.
From Ancient Greek κίνησις (kinēsis, “motion, movement”).