Language of Biology

Below is an abbreviated list of essential root words, prefixes and suffixes. Visit the link in the sidebar for a complete list.

ROOT MEANING ROOT MEANING
a without, not iso equal
arthro joint logos/logy the study of
auto self karyo kernal or nut
bi two lyse destruction, dissolve
bio life, living multi many
carn flesh pes/pedi/pod foot
cephal/cephalo head phile/philic loving
cyto/cyte cell, hollow photo light
di two phyll leaf
derm skin pro before, in front of
endo in, internal spermato sperm, seed
exo exit, external tetra four
gam/gamo marriage, sexual tri three
genesis, genic origin, birth, producing trop turning
hetero different, other troph feeder
hyper above un one
above beneath zo animal

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