This list of latin and greek words commonly used in systematic names is intended to help those unfamiliar with classical languages to understand and remember the scientific names of organisms the binomial nomenclature used for animals and plants is largely derived from latin and greek words as are some of the names used for higher taxa such as orders and above. The book contains a very thorough listing of greek and latin words commonly used in science how to use them properly examples of their various forms in usage singular versus plural different forms of the word itself and the nomenclatural history of certain science areas there is a lot of information packed into this volume. Another difference between scientific terms and classical latin and greek is that many compounded scientific terms do not elide the inflection vowel at the end of a root before another root or prefix that starts with a vowel eg gastroenteritis but elision happens in gastrectomy not gastroectomy. This excellent book greek and latin in scientific terminology while it is not designed specifically for medical students or physicians contains all the information necessary for a person who wishes to explore the mysteries of scientific nomenclature and learn the ground rules under which the words have developed. Lessons that develop a set of guides toward understanding new scientific vocabulary through examination of stems and bases suffixes etc a help yourself guide for unlocking unfamiliar scientific words accompanied by many examples and exercises nthe national science teachers association this new book is designed to self teach the budding scientist the basics of the scientific language
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