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neutrotaxis

Pronunciation: nu'tro-tak'sis

Definition: A phenomenon in which neutrophilic leukocytes are stimulated by a substance in such a manner that they are either attracted and move toward it (positive neutrotaxis), or repelled and move away from it (negative neutrotaxis); in some instances, there is no effect (sometimes called indifferent neutrotaxis).

[neutrophil + G. taxis, arrangement]

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