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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
cyt-

(Gr., cell), cytology , branch of biology studying cell structure and function.

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.

e-

(L., out of, without), egest , to pass outside.

ec-

(Gr., house or environment), ecology , study of the habitats of an organism.

ecto-

(Gr., outside), ectoderm , outer layer of cells.

en-

(Gr., in or within), encyst, to cover with a membranous cyst.

endo- or ento-

(Gr., within), endoderm , inner layer of cells.

eo-

(Gr., dawn, or early), Eocene , early geologic period.

epi-

(Gr., upon), epidermis , epithelial layer upon the dennis.

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