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  • 1. Prefixes & Suffixes
    Scientific Vocabulary
  • 2. a-
    not, without
    amoral – not moral
    abiotic – not living characteristics
    asexual – not sexual
    asymmetrical – not symmetrical
    anaerobic – without oxygen
  • 3. auto-
    by itself
    • automatic – weapon that shoots by itself (without reloading)
    • 4. autotroph – eats what it produces by itself
    • 5. automobile – moves by itself
  • bi-
    • bipedal – walks on 2 feet
    • 6. biracial – born of 2 races
    • 7. bisexual – sex with 2 sexes
    • 8. binary fission – bacteria reproduction of dividing into 2 parts
    • 9. bilateral symmetry – symmetry of dividing into 2 sides
    • 10. binomial nomenclature – naming of species by using 2 names
    • 11. two, 2, both
  • bio-
    • biology – study of living things
    • 12. biosphere – living things on the Earth
    • 13. biochemistry – chemistry of living things
    • 14. biodiversity – diversity of living things
    • 15. biomolecules – molecules that make up living things
    • 16. biomass – mass of living things
    • 17. biome – life zone
    • 18. biotic – living characteristics
    • 19. biotechnology – technology dealing with life
    • 20. life, living
  • mono-
    one, 1
    • monomer – made out of only 1 unit
    • 21. monohybrid – cross only 1 way
  • -logy
    study of
    archeology – study of old human cultures
    geology – study of the Earth
    hydrology – study of water
    psychology – study of human mind
  • 22. hetero-
    heterotroph – eats what others produce
    heterosexual – sex with the other sex
    heterozygous – different alleles
    different, other
  • 23. homo-
    • same, similar
    • 24. homosexual – sex with the same sex
    • 25. homeostasis – same state (equilibrium)
    • 26. homozygous – same alleles
    • 27. homologous chromosomes – chromosomes of the same pair
    • 28. homologous structures – structures similar because of common ancestry
  • poly-
    many
    polymer – made up of many units
    polygenic inheritance – inheritance dealing with many genes
  • 29. semi-
    almost, half-way
    semiconductor – a very weak conductor
    semipermeable – somewhat permeable (lets some things through but others)
    semifinals – almost finals, but not quite finals
  • 30. Photo-
    light
    photosynthesis – synthesis requiring light
    photography – picture-making requiring light
    photocell – battery cell requiring light