Tax"ine(?), n. [L. taxus a yew.] (Chem.) A poisonous alkaloid of bitter taste extracted from the leaves and seeds of the European yew (Taxus baccata). Called also taxia. The usual preparation is a mixture of compounds. Taxine A has the chemical formula: C35H47NO10.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
Tax"is(?), n. [NL., fr. Gr. ta`xis a division or arrangement, fr. ta`ssein to arrange.] 1. (Surg.) Manipulation applied to a hernial tumor, or to an intestinal obstruction, for the purpose of reducing it. Dunglison.
2. In technical uses, as in architecture, biology, grammar, etc., arrangement; order; ordonnance.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
3. a reflexive movement by a motile organism by which it moves or orients itself in relation to some source of stimulation; as, chemotaxis, the motion toward or away from gradients of certain chemical compounds.
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