Definition of Trophotropism
1. Noun. An orienting response to food.
Medical Definition of Trophotropism
1. Chemotaxis of living cells in relation to nutritive material; it may be positive (toward nutritive material) or negative (away from nutritive material). Synonym: trophotaxis. Origin: tropho-+ G. Trope, a turning (05 Mar 2000)
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Literary usage of Trophotropism
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Lectures on the Comparative Pathology of Inflammation by Elie Metchnikoff (1893)
"Plasmodium of Myxomycetes—Puncture by a glass tube—Cauterisation—Chemical excitation—trophotropism— ..."
2. The Primary Factors of Organic Evolution by Edward Drinker Cope (1904)
"... trophotropism, in general, are stimulus-movements, and ultimately all growth depends on stimulus-movement. It is the most primitive kind of protoplasmic ..."
3. Proceedings of the American Pharmaceutical Association at the Annual Meeting by American Pharmaceutical Association, National Pharmaceutical Convention, American Pharmaceutical Association Meeting (1895)
"... fixed connective tissue cells and wandering leukocytes, which act under the influence of thermotaxis or positive and negative trophotropism, ..."
4. Economic Zoology: An Introductory Text-book in Zoology, with Special by Herbert Osborn (1908)
"... to food, trophotropism, etc. It may be noted also that the same organism may at one time be positive and at another negative to the same stimulus or may ..."
5. Practical Plant Physiology: An Introduction to Original Research for by Wilhelm Detmer, S. A. (Samuel Albert) Moor (1898)
"The trophotropism of the fungus is thus established. About the middle of a plasmodium, spread out on a moist substratum, we place a small crystal of common ..."
6. A Text Book of General Bacteriology by William Dodge Frost, Eugene Franklin McCampbell (1910)
"... for instance, if the chemical substance has a nutritive value, it is sometimes spoken of as trophotropism (attraction towards food); if the chemical ..."