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Part of speech: noun

Origin: Greek, early 17th century


Movement; motion.


(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."

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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