Geomalism

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Geomalism (Biol) The tendency of an organism to respond, during its growth, to the force of gravitation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n geomalism A tendency of an animal to react against the attraction of gravitation by equal growth in horizontal planes, so as to balance one side with another, and one lateral organ with another. Thus, the oyster and many other animals are when young normally bilateral; but subsequently, when they are turned over and attached by one side, the dorsum and venter, which were primarily unequal and held vertically, take the place of the right and left sides and assume a horizontal posture. A. Hyatt, Proc. Amer. Assoc. Adv. Sci., 1880, p. 541.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. ge`a gh^, the earth + "omalismo`s a leveling