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The Language of Science

butterflyThe main reason students find it difficult to understand science is because of all the hard to write, spell and read words. Actually, scientific vocabulary is a hodge podge of little words that are linked together to have different meanings. If you learn the meanings of the little words, you'll find scientific vocabulary much easier to understand. Use this list to guess the meaning of each of the terms.

Word
Meaning
a or an not or non
meso middle
endo inner, inside
aero needing oxygen or air
anti against
amphi both, doubly
aqua water
arthro joint
auto self
bi two, twice, double
bio life, living
carne flesh
cephal head
chloro green
chromo color
cide killer, kill, killing
cyto cell
derm skin
di two, double
ecto (exo) outer, external
endo internal
epi above
gastro stomach
genesis origin, beginning
herba plants
hetero different
homo alike, similar
hydro water
Word
Meaning
hemo blood
hyper above
hypo below
intra within, inside
itis disease, inflammation
lateral side
logy study of
lys break down
meter measurement
mono one, single
morph form
micro small
macro large
multi many
pod foot
phage to eat
phobia dislike, fear
philia like
plasm form
proto first
photo light
poly many
synthesis to make
sub lesser, below
troph eat, consume
therm heat
vore swallow, devour
zoo, zoa animal

1. Hydrology __________________________________________________
2. Cytology __________________________________________________
3. Protozoa __________________________________________________
4. Epidermis __________________________________________________
5. Spermatogenesis __________________________________________________
6. Cytoskeleton __________________________________________________
7. Abiotic __________________________________________________
8. Dermatitis __________________________________________________
9. Hypodermic __________________________________________________
10. Hemophilia __________________________________________________
11. Endocytosis __________________________________________________
12. Insecticide __________________________________________________
13. Anaerobic __________________________________________________
14. Bilateral __________________________________________________
15. Endotherm __________________________________________________
16. Subspecies __________________________________________________
17. Arthropod __________________________________________________
18. Micrometer __________________________________________________
19. Hypothermia __________________________________________________
20. Polymorph __________________________________________________
21. Photosynthesis __________________________________________________
22. Amphibios (amphibian) __________________________________________________
23. Heterotroph __________________________________________________
24. Encephalitis __________________________________________________
25. Monochrome __________________________________________________
26. Autolysis __________________________________________________
27. Herbivore _________________________________________________
28. Homology __________________________________________________
29. Macrophage __________________________________________________
30. Carnivore _____________________________________________________