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Biology Terms

Biology Vocab

WordRootPrefix/SuffixDefinition of Pre/SuffixAlternate WordsDefinition
Stimulus PIE Sti- point,prick,pierce stick,stiff,stir,still Something causing or regarded as causing a response.
Homeostatsis Greek/PIE Homeo/stasis same;like,similar,of the same kind/to stand still;placed;cause to stand Homeopathic,homeopathy,catastasis,cholestasis the tendency of a system, esp. the physiological system of higher animals, to maintain internal stability, owing to the coordinated response of its parts to any situation or stimulus tending to disturb its normal condition or function.
Adaptation Latin Ad/Aptare/Aptus/tion to/join/fitted/forms noun from verbs adapt,creation,detention,purification,dramatization any alteration in the structure or function of an organism or any of its parts that results from natural selection and by which the organism becomes better fitted to survive and multiply in its environment.
Environment Latin/Old French En/Viron/ment in,into;cause to be ornament,alignment,abandonment,accomplishment the air, water, minerals, organisms, and all other external factors surrounding and affecting a given organism at any time.
Response Latin Re/Spondere back/pledge rewrite,remote,retake,remake any behavior of a living organism that results from an external or internal stimulus.
Data Latin Data (thing)given;plural of "datum" Database,Databank,Datamation,Databus a collection of facts from which conclusions may be drawn.
Hypothesis Greek Hypo/thesis under/a placing; a proposition hypothermia,hypothyroid,hypochondriac, A tentative explanation for an observation, phenomenon, or scientific problem that can be tested by further investigation.
Theory Greek Thea/Horan a view/to see theorum a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world; an organized system of accepted knowledge that applies in a variety of circumstances to explain a specific set of phenomena.
Control Latin Contra/Rotulus against/wheel contain/contaminate,container,contribute the situation of being under the regulation, domination, or command of another.
Ethics Greek Ethos moral character;custom metaethics,bioethics the rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group, culture.
Experiment Latin Ex/Peritus out of/experienced, tested exponential,alignment,abandonment,accomplishment a test, trial, or tentative procedure; an act or operation for the purpose of discovering something unknown or of testing a principle, supposition.
Independent Variable Latin In/De/Pendere/Variare/Able not/from,down/to hang;be suspended/change,alter,make different/expressing ability,capacity or fitness independent,variable,dependent,cariable A manipulated variable in an experiment or study whose presence or degree determines the change in the dependent variable.
Dependent Vaiable Latin De/Pendere/Variare/Able from,down/to hang;be suspended/change,alter,make different/expressing ability,capacity or fitness independent,variable,dependent,cariable The observed variable in an experiment or study whose changes are determined by the presence or degree of one or more independent variables.
Scientific Method Greek/Latin Scrie/Methodus pursuit, following after/to know, to seperate one from another, to distinguish; related to scindere "to cut, divide" scientist,science,method,scientific The principles and empirical processes of discovery and demonstration considered characteristic of or necessary for scientific investigation, generally involving the observation of phenomena, the formulation of a hypothesis concerning the phenomena, exper
Biology Greek Bio/ology life,course or way of living/study of biosphere,zoology,optomology,technology The science of life and of living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, and distribution. It includes botany and zoology and all their subdivisions.
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