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acronym
a word formed from the first letter of each word in a series
SCUBA
affix
to attach a part to the beginning or end of a word
PREpare, zoOLOGY
coinage
a newly invented word or phrase
blog, email
colloquial
informal language usage
What's Up?
diminutive
a suffix indicating small size
piglet
metonymy
the use of a closely related word as a substitute
oxymoron
an expression that contains contradictory terms
awfully good
palindrome
a word spelled the same backward and forward
racecar
portmanteau word
a word formed from two other words
chunnel
spoonerism
a comical switching of the first sounds of words
go buck a fuffalo
a-, an-
without
asexual
arch-, arthro-
of or in the joints
arthritis
-ase
termination denoting a ferment or enzyme
sucrase
calor-
heat
calorie
cerebro-
pertaining to the large part of the brain
cerebriform
caud-, cauda
tail
caudal
cephalo-, -caphalic
head
cephalopod
chrom-
colored
chromosome
chloro-
green
chlorophyll
-cyt
cell
cytoplasm
-derm
skin
dermatophyte
di-
two, twice
dissect
echino-
spiny, prickly
echinderm
em-, en-, endo-, in-
in, into
embed
epi-
upon
epidemic
erythro-
red
-gamet
sex cell
hema-, hemo
blood
hemoglobin
hippo-, -hippus
horse
hippopotamus
hypo-
under, less than, below
hypodermic
ichthy-
fish
inter
between, together
-ism
action, face, act of doing
Darwinism
leuco-, leuk
white
leucocyte
-lys-, -lyt-
break down, destroy
catalyst
meso-
middle
mesoderm
myo-
muscle
-nema
round, thread-like
nematode
-opia
sight
-osis
a process
metamoophosis
-os-, -osteo
bone
osteology
ovi-, ovo-
egg, ovum
peri-
around near
phago-, phag
to eat
-phyll
leaf
chlorophyll
platy
flat, broad, wide
platypus
pseudo-
false
pulmo-
lung
pulmonary
-pus-, -pes, -ped, -pod
foot
centipede, platypus
-scler
hardness, stiffness
-som-
body
chromosome
sym-, syn-
to join, combine
photosynthesis
thig-
touch, contact
thorac-, -thorax
chest, thorax
pneumothorax
-trophism
response to a stimulus
hydrotropism
-vacci-
cow
vaccination