Greek and Latin Prefixes in Biology

As I am researching for my new book “English for Biology EAP”, I could not help but notice that there are so many words starting or ending with Greek or Latin words, i.e. prefixes and suffixes.

For example, the prefix eu- in this discipline means “true”. Take for example the word “eukaryotic”. As “eu” means true in this context and “karyo” means “core” or “kernel”, these terms clearly explain that eukaryotic cells feature a clearly defined (i.e. true) nucleus protected by a membrane. This feature sets them apart from prokaryotic cells which lack a membrane-incased nucleus.

For more on prefixes and suffixes in Biology visit this link

 

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Author: Kallia Katsampoxaki-Hodgetts

EAP/ESP lecturer and instructor Academic Writing Specialist School of Science and Engineering University of Crete Tel. (0030) 2810 545102 Office Γ301, Chemistry Department Panistimioupoli Vouton, Heraklion, Crete, 71003 https://twitter.com/kalliacrete

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