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Pronunciation: tak'sis


  1. Reduction of a hernia or of a dislocation of any part by means of manipulation.
  2. Systematic classification or orderly arrangement.
  3. The reaction of protoplasm to a stimulus, by virtue of which animals and plants are led to move or act in certain definite ways in relation to their environment; the various kinds of taxis are designated by a prefix denoting the stimulus governing them; chemotaxis, electrotaxis, thermotaxis.

[G. orderly arrangement]

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