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Biology: Roots, Prefixes and Suffixes

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This app provides a list of roots, suffixes, and prefixes, which are derived from ancient Greek or classical Latin used in biological terminology.

Having knowledge of biological roots, prefixes and suffixes will help you to easily understand and remember biological terms.

▪ Some examples of how roots, prefixes and suffixes combine to form a biological term

arthr- + -o- + logy = arthrology
arthr- + itis = arthritis
eryth- +o+ cyte = erythrocyte

■ There are a few general rules about how they combine
- The -o- almost always acts as a joint-stem to connect two consonantal roots.
- The -o- is dropped when connecting to a vowel-stem
- Roots generally go together according to language, i.e., Greek prefixes occur with Greek suffixes and Latin prefixes with Latin suffixes

■ Multiple choice quizzes:
- 7 multiple choice quizzes

■ Flashcard:
- 9 decks for you to choose
- Flip a card to see a root's meaning

■ Other features:
- Roots of the day: learn 5 roots, prefixes, suffixes daily
- Search for a root, prefix, suffix based on text or meaning
- Random Roots: learn 5 random roots, prefixes, suffixes.
- List of 10000 biological terms, phrases, their definitions, roots
- Bookmark feature

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■■■ Note: This data is part of the list of classical roots, prefixes and suffixes offered in our app "Classical Root Dictionary". If you need a comprehensive list of general roots, prefixes and suffixes, download Classical Root Dictionary instead.