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Glossary of Scientific Root Words, Prefixes, and Suffixes

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a-; an-
not; without;lacking;deficient (ex. asocial)
ab-
away from; out from
(ex. absent)
-able
capable of
(ex. approvable)
ac-
to; toward
acou-; acous-
hear (ex. acoustics)

-aceous
of or pertaining to
acou-; acous;
hear
ad-
to; toward
aden-
gland
adip-
fat
aero-
air
agri-
field; soil
-al
having character of
alb-
white
alg-; -algia
pain
alto-
high
ambi-
both
ameb-
change; alternation
amni-
fetal membrane
amphi-
both
amyl-
starch
ana-
up;back;again

andro-
man;masculine
anemo-
wind
ang-
choke;feel pain
angi-
blood vessel;duct
ante-
before; ahead of time
anter-
front
antho-
flower
anti-
against; opposite
anthropo-
man; human
-ap-;-aph-
touch
apo-;ap-
away from
aqu-
water
archaeo-
primitive; ancient
-ary;-arium
place for something
ateri-
artery
arthr-
joint;articulation
-ase
forms names of enzymes
aster-;astr
star
-ate
act of
ather-
fatty deposit
-ation
act of
atmo-
vapor
audi-
hear
aur-
ear
auto-
self
bacter-;bactr-
bacterium;stick;club
barb;
beard
baro-
weight
bath-
depth;height
bene-
well;good
bi-(latin)
two;twice
bi-;bio- (greek)
life;living
-blast-
sprout;germ;bud
brachi-
arm
brachy-
short
brady-
slow
branchi-
fin
brev-
short
bronch-
windpipe
cac-
bad
calor-
heat
capill-
hair
capit-
head
carcin-
cancer
cardi-
heart
carn-
meat;flesh
carp-
fruit
carpal-
wrist
cata-
breakdown
caud-
tail
-cell-
chamber
cen-;-cene
now;recent

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