189. Gravity


See also 316. PHYSICS .

baragnosis
Medicine. the absence of the power to recognize weight through the senses; the absence of barognosis.
barognosis
Medicine. the conscious perception of weight, especially through cutaneous and muscular nerves.
barology
Archaic. a branch of physics that studied weight and its relationship to gravity.
barophobia
an abnormal fear of gravity.
geotaxis
the movement of an organism in response to the force of gravity.
geotropism
Botany. the response of a plant to the force of gravity. — geotropic, adj.
Hutchinsonianism
the theories of the 18th-century Yorkshireman John Hutchinson, which included a rejection of Newton’s theory of gravitation. See also 43. BIBLE ; 392. THEOLOGY . — Hutchinsonian, adj.
levity
a hypothetical force, opposed to gravity, once believed to be a property inherent in certain bodies or materials.
telekinesis
the production of motion in a body, apparently without the use of material force, a power long claimed by mediums and magicians. Also called teleportation. telekinetic, adj.
tidology
the science or theory of tides.

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