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1. A letter, letters, syllable, or syllables added or appended to the end of a word or a root to modify the meaning; a postfix.

2. (Science: mathematics) A subscript mark, number, or letter. See Subscript.

Origin: L. Suffixus, p.p. Of suffigere to fasten on, to affix; sub under _ figere to fix: cf. F. Suffixe. See Fix.

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Re: how to memorize the amino acid

Unfortunately, the only law here is the suffix -ine, which is used in most of old nomenclature (like pepsine, leucine etc.; with three exceptions as Tryptoph an and the acidic AAs). The only way to memorize them is just drill, but I will give ...

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by JackBean
Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: how to memorize the amino acid
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... matrix as additional categories of membrane bound internal regions in cells, though for some reason those regions don't get the "-plasm" suffix. *shrug* :? But, removing a single layer of membrane and then having a special term for everything else (including all of those internal membranes ...

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by mamoru
Wed Mar 17, 2010 10:46 am
Forum: Cell Biology
Topic: protoplasm
Replies: 9
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Re: What is a mer? Measure of DNA

A polymer has many subunits. An oligomer has a few subunits. A monomer has only one. A number in front of the suffix "mer" indicates a specified number of subunits. When applied to DNA, this specifies the number of bases in the molecules. For example, ACTGGTCGCG is a ...

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by jonmoulton
Tue Dec 09, 2008 5:54 pm
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: What is a mer? Measure of DNA
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Ossification and osteogenesis

Thanks for you your help - it makes sense now. I guess it helps to split the word up into prefix and suffix. Thanks

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by Sabrinaa
Wed Oct 15, 2008 12:39 pm
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: Ossification and osteogenesis
Replies: 2
Views: 7930


... sexual characteristics of females. In mammals the most abundant (and most potent) estrogen is estradiol (a dialcohol: note the "-diol" suffix), followed by estrone (a ketone : note the -one suffix). As is true for the other steroid hormones, the major biosynthetic pathway for estrogen ...

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by chenhongxia
Fri Aug 15, 2008 1:47 am
Forum: Physiology
Topic: Estrogen
Replies: 4
Views: 12572
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