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Meaning of kinesis

ki•ne•sis

Pronunciation: (ki-nē'sis, kī-), [key]
— n. Physiol.
  1. the movement of an organism in response to a stimulus, as light.

-kinesis

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a combining form with the general sense “movement, activity,” used in the formation of compound words, often with the particular senses “reaction to a stimulus” (photokinesis), “movement without an apparent physical cause” (telekinesis), “activity within a cell” (karyokinesis). Cf. -kinesia.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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