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. 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. 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. Because ever since the renaissance the classics meaning ancient greek and latin literature were considered required reading for a well rounded education its only in the last hundred odd years that scientists have not been almost exclusively. Learn definitions and terms greek latin science scientific with free interactive flashcards choose from 242 different sets of definitions and terms greek latin science scientific flashcards on quizlet
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