Definition of "tropism" [tro•pism]

  • The turning or bending movement of an organism or a part toward or away from an external stimulus, such as light, heat, or gravity. (noun)

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Use "tropism" in a sentence
  • "I don’t see how tropism is connected to suffering. allqsallthetime Says:"
  • "Such a turning in response to a stimulus is called a tropism (troh'pizm; "turning" G)."
  • "A profound study of the motions of the Infusoria and a very penetrating criticism of the idea of tropism have been made recently by"