thigmo-, thigm-, thixo- +

(Greek: touch, a touching)

thigmaesthesia, thigmesthesia (s) (noun); thigmaesthesias, thigmesthesias (pl)
Tactile sensibility or the perception of touch: Shannon worked as a supervisor in a ceramics factory where her thigmaesthesia was important when she was inspecting items for flaws.
A blood corpuscle which undergoes cytolysis on contact with a foreign substance; such as, a thrombocyte.
1. Movement, or inhibition of movement, in response to contact stimuli.
2. A change in the velocity of linear or angular movement of an organism in response to a contact stimulus.
A reference to thigmokinesis or a change in the velocity of linear or angular movement of an organism in response to a touch stimulus.
A descriptive word for a change in form as a result of being touched.
1. A change in form due to contact or touch.
2. Structural change due to contact.
thigmonasty, thigmonastic
Touch-induced movements.

The leaves of the momosa plant respond to being touched, shaken, heated, or rapidly cooled. The speed of the responses depend on the magnitude of the stimuli.

One of the more dramatic plant movements is the snapping shut of the leaf of a Venus Flytrap when it detects movement on its surface.

thigmotactic (adjective)
A reference to an organismic movement towards or away from a mechanical displacement.
1. Movement of an organism toward or away from any object that provides a mechanical stimulus or touch.
2. A directed response of a motile organism to a continuous contact with a solid surface.
3. Taxis, or movement, in response to touch stimulus.
thigmotherm, thigmothermy
An animal that draws heat into its body from contact with a warm object in its environment.
A reference to an animal that gets some warmth by being near something that gives off heat.
A description of a response to touch or a contact stimulus.
1. An orientation response to touch or a contact stimulus.
2. The orientation of an organism in response to a mechanical displacement.
3. Growth curvature in response to a contact stimulus found in clinging plant organs.
4. A tendency of an organism or part of an organism to bend or to turn in response to a touch stimulus; such as, a vine coiling around a string support.
thixocasting, thixoforging
In metallurgy, a method of metal forming which permits metal ingots and components to be shaped in the semisolid state.

Vigorous agitation in the early stages of solidification results in a semisolid slurry that flows homogeneously; after solidification, the slurry is reheated for forming.

Susceptible to thixotropy.