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Prefixes & Sufixes

The following list is by no means complete, but it may help in understanding some difficult terminology. The following abbreviations are used ; Gr., for the Greek ; L., for the Latin.
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Term Definition
de-

(L., off), degenerate , to lose generative ability, dehydration.

dendr-

(Gr., brush or tree), dendrite , tree-like structure of a nerve cell.

derrn-

(Gr., skin), dermis , part of the skin.

di-

(Gr., twice), diploblastic , possessing two germ layers ; dicotyledon , plant possessing two cotyledons.

dis-

(L., away), distal , away from the point of origin.

dors-

(L., back), dorsal , pertaining to the back.

dura-

(L., tough), duramater, tough, outer covering of the brain and spinal cord.

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