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anthropology

science dealing with the origin, races, customs, and beliefs of man

bacteriology

science dealing with the study of bacteria

biology

science dealing with the study of living organisms

cardiology

science dealing with the action and diseases of the heart

criminology

scientific study of crimes and criminals

dermatology

science dealing with the skin and its diseases

ecology

science dealing with the relation of living things to their environment and to each other

ethnology

science dealing with the races of mankind, their origin, distribution, culture, etc.

genealogy

account of the descent of a person or family from an ancestor

geology

science dealing with the earth's history as recorded in rocks

meteorology

science dealing with the atmosphere and weather

morphology

scientific study of the forms and structures of plants and animals

mythology

account or study of myths

necrology

register of persons who have died

neurology

scientific study of the nervous system and its diseases

paleontology

science dealing with life in the remote past as recorded in fossils

pathology

science dealing with the nature and causes of disease

petrology

scientific study of rocks

physiology

science dealing with the functions of living things or their organs

psychology

science of the mind

sociology

study of the evolution, development, and functioning of human society

technology

industrial science

theology

study of religion and religious ideas

abiogenesis

spontaneous generation

amphibious

able to live both on land and in water

antibiotic

antibacterial substance produced by a living organism

autobiography

story of a person's life written by the person himself

biochemistry

chemistry dealing with chemical compounds and processes in living plants and animals

biogenesis

development of life from preexisting life

biography

story of a person's life written by another person

biometry

calculation of the probable duration of human life

biopsy

diagnostic examination of a piece of tissue from the living body

biota

the living plants (flora) and living animals (fauna) of a region

microbe

very minute living organism

symbiosis

the living together in mutually helpful association of two dissimilar organisms

anatomy

1. dissection of plants or animals for the purpose of studying their structure
2. structure of a plant or animal

appendectomy

surgical removal of the appendix

atom

smallest particle of an element (literally, "not cut," "indivisible")

atomizer

instrument for reducing to a fine spray

dichotomy

cutting or division into two; division

lobotomy

brain surgery

phlebotomy

opening of a vein to diminish the blood supply

tonsillectomy

surgical removal of the tonsils

antipodes

parts of the globe (or their inhabitants) diametrically opposite (literally, "with the feet opposite")

arthropod

any invertebrate (animal having no backbone) with jointed legs

chiropodist

one who treats ailments of the human foot

dipody

verse (line of poetry) consisting of two feet; a dimeter

monopode

one-footed creature

podiatrist

chiropodist

podium

1. dais
2. low wall serving as a foundation

tripod

utensil, stool, or caldron having three legs

unipod

one-legged support

homochromatic

having the same color

heterochromatic

having different colors

homogeneous

of the same kind; similar

heterogeneous

differing in kind; dissimilar

homology

fundamental similarity of structure

heterology

lack of correspondence between parts

homomorphic

exhibiting similarity of form

heteromorphic

exhibiting dicersity of form

homonym

word that sounds like another but differs in meaning

heteronym

word spelled like another, but differing in sound and meaning

homocentric

having the same center

homophonic

having the same sound

polyphonic

having many sounds or voices

heteroclite

1. deviating from the common rule
2. person or thing deviating from the common rule

heterodox

contrary to some acknowledged standard

orthodox

conforming to an acknowledged standard

hyperacidity

excessive acidity

hypoacidity

weak acidity

hyperactive

overactive

hypoactive

underactive

hypertension

abnormally high blood pressure

hypotension

low blood pressure

hyperthyroid

marked by excessive activity of the thyroid gand

hypothyroid

marked by deficient activity of the thyroid gland

hyperbole

extravagant exaggeration of statement

hypercritical

overcritical

hyperemia

superabundance of blood

hyperopia

farsightedness

myopia

nearsigthedness

hypersensitive

excessively sensitive; supersensitive

hypertrophy

enlargement of a part organ, as from excessive use

atrophy

lack of growth from want of nourishment or from disease

hypodermic

injected under the skin

hypothesis

theory or supposition assumed as a basis for reasoning ("something placed under")

hypothetical

assumed without proof for the purpose of reasoning; conjectural

endocrine

secreting internally

exocrine

secreting externally

endogamy

marriage withing the tribe, caste, or social group

exogamy

marriage outside the tribe, caste, or social group

endogenous

produced from within; due to internal causes

exogenous

produced from without; due to external causes

endoskeleton

internal skeleton or supporting framework in an animal

exoskeleton

hard protective structure developed outside the body, as the shell of a lobster

endosmosis

osmosis inward

exosmosis

osmosis outward

endocarditis

inflammation of the lining of the heart

endoderm

membranelike tissue lining the digestive tract

endoparasite

parasite living in the internal organs of an animal

ectoparasite

parasite living on the exterior of an animal

endophyte

plant growing within another plant

exoteric

external; exterior; readily understandable

esoteric

inner; private; difficult to understand

exotic

1. introduced from a foreign country
2. excitingly strange

anarchy

total absence of rule or government; confusion; disorder

autarchy

rule by an absolute sovereign

hierarchy

body of rulers or officials grouped in ranks, each being subordinate to the rank above it

matriarchy

form of social organization in which the mother rules the family or tribe, descent being traced through the mother

monarchy

state ruled over by a single person, as a king or queen

oligarchy

form of government in which a few people have the power

patriarchy

form of social organization in which the father rules the family or tribe, descent being traced through the father

geocentric

measured from the earth's center

geodetic

pertaining to geodesy (mathematics dealing with the earth's shape and dimensions)

geography

study of the earth's surface, climate, continents, people, products, etc.

geometry

mathematics dealing with lines, angles, surfaces, and solids (literally, "measurement of land")

geomorphic

pertaining to the shape of the earth or the form of its surface

geophysics

science treating of the forces that modify the earth

geopolitics

study of government and its policies as affected by physical geography

geoponics

art or science of agriculture (literally, "working of the earth")

georgic

1. agricultural
2. poem on husbandry (farming)

geotropism

response to earth's gravity, as the growing of roots downward in the ground

apogee

farthest point from the earth in the orbit of a satellite

perigee

nearest point to the earth in the orbit of a satellite

antipathy

aversion ("feeling against"); dislike

apathy

lack of feeling, emotion, interest, or excitement; indifference

empathy

the complete understanding of another's feelings, motives, etc.

pathetic

arousing pity

pathos

quality in speech, writing, music, events, etc., that arouses a feeling of pity or sadness

sympathy

a sharing of ("feeling with") another's trouble; compassion

telepathy

transference of the thoughts and feelings of one person to another by no apparent means of communication

homeopathy

system of medical practice that treats disease by administering minute doses of a remedy which, if given to healthy persons, would produce symptoms of the disease treated

osteopath

practitioner of osteopathy (treatment of disease by manipulation of bones, muscles, nerves, etc.)

pathogenic

causing disease

pathological

due to disease

psychopathic

1. pertaining to mental disease
2. insane

amorphous

without definite form; shapeless

anthropomorphic

attributing human form or characteristics to beings not human, especially gods

dimorphous

occurring under two distinct forms

endomorphic

occurring within; internal

heteromorphic

exhibiting diversity of form

metamorphosis

change of form

monomorphic

having but a single form

morphology

branch of biology dealing with the form and structure of animals and plants

pericardium

membranous sac enclosing the heart

perihelion

nearest point to the sun in the orbit of a planet or comet

aphelion

farthest point from the sun in the orbit of a planet or comet

perimeter

the whole outer boundary or measurement of a surface or figure

periphery

outside boundary

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