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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
later-

(L., side), lateral , relating to the side.

lepi-

(Gr., scale), Lepidoptera , order of insects with scale wings.

leuko-

(Gr., white), leukocyte , white blood cell. lip- (Gr., fatty), lipoid , fatty substance.

luci-

(L., light), luciferin , light-producing material.

lysis

(Gr., destroy), bacteriolysis , desçruction of bacteria.

mal-

(Gr., bad), malnutrition , bad nutrition.

mega-

(Gr., large), megaspore , large spore.

mens-

(L., table), commensalism , eating at a common source of food.

meso-

(Gr., middle), mesoderm , middle cellular layer.

meta-

(Gr., after), metaphase , later phase of mitosis.

micro-

(Gr., small), micronucleus , small nucleus.

miii-

(Gr., thousand), millipede , animal with a “thousand” legs.

mio-

(Gr., less), Miocene , less recent period in geologichistory.

mito-

(Gr., thread), mitosis , cell division with the formation of thread-like structures.

mono-

(Gr., one), monograph, , something written about one subject.

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