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The Penguin Dictionary of Biology, 11th Edition

The Penguin Dictionary of Biology, 11th Edition  



  • Michael Thain (Author)
  • Michael Hickman (Author)
  • Michael Abercrombie (Compiler)
  • C. J. J. Hickman (Compiler)
  • N. I. Johnson (Compiler)
  • Raymond Turvey (Illustrator)


  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics); 11th edition (December 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141013966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141013961
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds


Book Description

The Penguin Dictionary of Biology defines some 6,000 terms relating to this rich, complex, and constantly expanding subject—from amino acids, bacteria, and the cell cycle to X-ray diffraction, Ychromosomes, and zygotes. Long established as the definitive single-volume source, the dictionary has now been extensively updated for its eleventh edition. With expanded encyclopedic entries to explain the most crucial concepts, it explores the very latest discoveries and developments, containing more than 400 new entries to take account of the latest thinking on genetics, human physiology, disease, and cell biology. All key botanical and zoological concepts as well as the core vocabulary of biochemistry, immunology, evolutionary theory, and ecology are defined in depth, making this the ideal reference for students, teachers, professionals, and amateur biologists. 

Book Info

A pocket-sized reference, containing definitions of more than 7,500 terms, including explanations of fundamental concepts and explorations of the latest discoveries and developments in the field. Includes the definitions of key terms for all botanical and zoological concepts, as well as immunology, palaeoanthropology, ecology, and more. Previous edition: c1996. Softcover. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. 

About the Author(s)

Michael Thain has taught biology at Harrow since 1969. He is a fellow of the Institute of Biology and a council member of the London Natural History Society.
Michael Hickman has been professor of botany at the University of Alberta, Canada, since 1981.  



Quick reference, good for college biology, March 5, 2005

I found this book to be a great reference in conjuction with a good textbook like Campbell's Biology. This dictionary helped me look up difficult concepts that were not always explained that well in my biology college classes. If you want a great resource for knowing the type of questions asked on college biology tests, get
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Penguin's dictionary, Campbell's Biology, and Leonardi's study guides helped me and my study group get excellent grades. 


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