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Biology Vocabulary..

Postby B10Student » Sun Mar 16, 2008 5:51 am

I'm finding it extremely beneficial to know the word parts (i.e. prefix, suffix, root) of any biology term as they all seem to be in exact correlation to them. For example, the word "hydrolysis" means "breaking with water" (hydro= water, lysis=break).

Has anyone here found a good way to study these or a site where you can see the definitions of any possible word part? How do you guys understand a word by simply knowing the word parts? Another example is that "-itis" means inflammation (e.g. arthritis= inflammation of the joints).
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Postby MichaelXY » Sun Mar 16, 2008 5:15 pm

Try looking here. This may help.
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Postby B10Student » Wed Mar 26, 2008 11:36 pm

Thanks a bunch Michael!
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Postby B10Student » Thu Mar 27, 2008 12:00 am

Are you guys ever concerned about vocabulary pronunciation? Does anyone know how one can accurately pronounce many of the terms?
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Re: Biology Vocabulary..

Postby Darby » Fri Mar 28, 2008 12:35 am

For biology, you'll hear every possible pronunciation, and rarely do you hear assertions of what's "correct." But biologists are easy-going that way.

One classic thing for long Latin and sometimes Greek words - back 3 syllables from the end and stress that one.

Unless it sounds better another way.
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Re: Biology Vocabulary..

Postby MichaelXY » Fri Mar 28, 2008 1:30 am

I agree with Darby, but may I add, at student level, the pronuciation is not important, rather recognizing the root and its meaning.
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