Science root words

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102 terms · Science vocabulary root words

ambi- (ambidextrous)

both

-saur (dinosaur)

lizard

audi- (audio)

hear

bi- (biped)

two, twice

auto- (automobile)

self

Di- or dip- (diploid)

two, double

bacter- or bactr- (bacteria)

little stick, club

alb- (albino)

white

ante- (antedate)

before; ahead in time

-logist, (biologist)

one who studies

Chrom or Chrome, (chromosome)

color

Chron- (chronic)

time

Agri- (agriculture)

field, soil

Dent- (dentist)

tooth

Hort- (horticulture)

garden

Ferro- (Ferromagnetic)

Iron

Gastro- (gastropod)

Stomach

Hydr- (hydrosphere)

Water

Crypt (cryptic)

Hidden

Deca (decagon)

Ten

Chlor- (chlorophyl)

Green

Coni- (conifer)

Cone

Dendr- (dendrite)

Tree

Dors- (dorsal)

Back

Herb- (herbivore)

Grass; plants

Atmo- (atmosphere)

Vapor

Grav- (gravity)

Heavy, weight

Hal- (halite)

of the sea, Salt

Ign- (igneous)

Fire

Acou- (acoustics)

Hear

Anti- (antibiotic)

Against, opposite

ichthy- (ichthyology)

Fish

Caud(a)- caudal

Tail

Cell- (cellulitis)

Chamber, small room

-Ic (seismic)

Like, related to (suffix)

Ab- (abnormal)

Away from, out from

Capill- (capillaries)

Hair

Noct(i)- (nocturnal)

Night,

Phren- (phrenology)

1. Mind, brain 2. diaphragm

Branchi- (branchiopod)

Gills

Port- (portable)

Carry

Tele-example telescope

Far off; distant

Terr-example terra ferma

Earth, land

Stell example stellar

Stars

Turb-example turbulence

Whirl

Toxico-example toxicology

Poison

Hem- example hemoglobin

Blood

Demi-example demigod

Half

Sub-example submarine

Under, below

Co-,example codominance

With, together

Chem-,example chemistry

Dealing with chemicals

Phil-,example philosophy

Loving, fond of

Iso-,example isostacy

Equal, same

-Sis,example paralysis

Condition; state

Gluc-,glyc- example glucose

Sweet, sweet

Card-,example cardiac arrest

Heart

Cuti-,example cuticle

Skin

Pneumo-example pheumonia

Air, lung

Mut-,example Mutation

Change

Platy-,example platypus

Flat

Trop-,example tropical

Turning,change

Pre-example prefix

Before, ahead of time

Rhin-,example rhinorrhea

Nose

Sterreo-,example stereotype

Solid, 3-dimensional

Omni-,example omnivore

All

-Pod,example podiatrist

Foot

Tax-,example taxonomy

Arrange, put in order

-Vore,example carnivore

Eat

Contra-,example contrast

Against

-Ation,example habitation

The act of

Bene-,example benefit

Well, good

Post- (posthumous)

After, behind

Ana-,example analogy

Up, back, again

Anter-,example anterior

Front

Carp -,example carple

Fruit

Fract-example fracture

Break

Neur-,example neuron

Nerve

Peri-,example pericranium

Around

Pro-, example professional

Forward, in favor of,before

Calor,example calorie

Heat

Flor,example flower

Flower

Quadr-, example quadrilateral

Four

Pseudo-,example pseudoscience

False; deceptive

Photo-,example photosynthesis

Light

Carpal-,example carpal tunnel

Wrist

Gyr-,example gyration

Ring, circle, spiral

Neo-,example neonatal

New, recent

Node-,example lymp nodes

Knot

Pyr-,example pyrotechnics

Heat, fire

Ac-,example academic

To; toward

Amyl-,example amyloid

Starch

Deci-,example decimeter

Tenth

Mis-,example mistake

Wrong, incorrect

Re- (reboot)

Back, again

Anthropo- (anthropology)

Man, human

Auto- (autoimmune)

Self, same, spontaneous

eco- (ecologist)

refers to environment, "House"

-flect or flex (reflex)

Bend

Gloss- (glossary)

Tongue

anti- (antivirus)

opposite of, against

milli- (millimeter)

thousand, means one thousandth of base

brachi- (brachiopod)

arm,

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