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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
basi-

(Gr., base) basidiospore , spore formed at the baseof a basidium.

bi

(Gr., base), bilateral , similar on both sides.

bio-

(Gr., life), biology , science of life.

blast-

(Gr., bud or young), blastoderm , primitive germlayer.

brachy-

(Gr., short), brachydactyly , abnormal shortness of the digits.

brady

(Gr., boadus, slow)

brevis

(L., short), adductor brevis , short adductor muscle.

bryo-

(Gr., moss), bryophyte , plant of the phylum comprising the mosses.

caec-

(L., blind), cecum , ( caecum ), blind pouch.

calci-

(L., lime), calcareous , containing lime.

cata-

(Gr., down), catabolism , breaking-down process of metabolism.

cauda-

(L., tail), caudal , relating to a tail. cay— (L., hollow), vena cava , hollow vein.

ceno-

(Gr., recent), Cenozoic , recent era of geologic history.

centr-

(L., center), centrosome , Léntre of activity during mitosis.

cephalo—

(Gr., head), cephalic , relating to, or toward the head.

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