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Pronunciation: fo'to-tak'sis

Definition: Reaction of living protoplasm to the stimulus of light, involving bodily motion of the whole organism toward (positive phototaxis) or away from (negative phototaxis) the stimulus.

[photo- + G. taxis, orderly arrangement]

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