[mass noun] The persistent repetition of an act, especially by an animal, for no obvious purpose:‘the most common abnormal behaviour among zoo animals is stereotypy’
- ‘However, recent studies on a wide variety of amphibian species have revealed great diversity in feeding mechanics and kinematics, and illustrate that stereotypy is the exception rather than the rule in amphibian feeding.’
- ‘Stupor or catalepsy, mutism, posturing/grimacing, stereotypy, echolalia or echopraxia and excessive motor activity were the main catatonic features.’
- ‘As seen in toads, stereotypy may indicate that proprioceptive or reflex feedback is needed to control a particular biomechanical system.’
- ‘Much evolutionary diversification of feeding mechanics and motor control has occurred and it is likely that stereotypy is a derived feature of amphibian feeding.’
- ‘However, ginseng attenuated the other effects of amphetamine, namely, stereotypy and lethality in aggregated mice.’
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