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Kinesis

[kə-NEE-sis]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Greek, early 17th century

1.

Movement; motion.

2.

(Biology) An undirected movement of a cell, organism, or part in response to an external stimulus. (Zoology) Mobility of the bones of the skull, as in some birds and reptiles.

Examples of Kinesis in a sentence

"Sam focused his study on biological kinesis. "

"Natalie possessed a great amount of kinesis and flexibility."

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About Kinesis

This word comes from the Greek “kinēsis,” meaning “movement,” originally from “kinein,” meaning “to move.”

Did you Know?

You may be more familiar with “kinesis” as a suffix implying movement than a standalone word. For example, “telekinesis” is a psychic ability that allows a person to move an object without physical interaction. “Halokinesis” is the study of salt tectonics, and “karyokinesis” is the division of a cell nucleus during mitosis.

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