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A Dictionary of the Roots and Combining Forms of Scientific Words Paperback – 22 Dec 2005

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  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu.com (22 Dec. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1411657934
  • ISBN-13: 978-1411657939
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,460,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book by Tim Williams is a huge help in working out the scientific names of plants and animals. For anyone interested to know this I use the 9th edition of The Chambers Dictionary to help me work out the Genus names of plants and Roland Wilbur Brown's book Compositon of Scientific Words for the Genus names of animals.
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Excellent! 5 April 2008
By Wendell J. Kelsey - Published on Amazon.com
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This reference is exactly what I have been looking for. I am studying Parasitology, Genetics, Anatomy, Physiology and other subjects related to medicine. I have searched high and low for a good reference fro both Greek and Latin roots. This book has almost everything I have looked up. I highly recommend this to anyone else who is curious about etymology. Also, It works great for me (and probably other students) because I have an easier time remembering scientific words when I can translate the roots, prefixes, and suffixes.
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Thorough, Concise, Terse & Pithy... 21 Jun. 2012
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My involvement in biological systematics constantly brings me face to face with scientific terms. Most were crafted from Greek or Latin roots that usually reveal something about the organisms they reference. Though a student of both languages in the 1950's and 1960's, my vocabulary has never been great, so the need for a quick and easily accessed reference is ever present.

Lots of books claim to provide insights into the origins of scientific expressions. Many, if not most, fail miserably at the job. Either they are organized poorly, or they don't give good listings of the various English meanings associated with a given root. This book, however, is organized just as a dictionary should be. Moreover, the English definitions following each word and word form are both adequate and brief, without the fluff that so often confounds and complicates, yet with invaluable aids to parsing (e.g., prefix/suffix distinctions) thrown in. As a result, after investing only a few minutes using this dictionary to parse a scientific term and find the meanings of each component, I can usually determine what the term's originator meant it to convey. None of the other Greek/Latin dictionaries in my possession provide similar faculties.

Besides the main body of the text, Williams devotes several pages, at the back of the book, to the adjectival forms of common geographical names; a list of common terms for animals, plants, structures, activities and habitats; words related to sizes, colors, textures, patterns, numbers, quantity, direction and location, parts of the year, and chemical elements.

In summary, this book is all it is supposed to be and more. I highly recommend it.
I will remember the word better. Excellent resource 29 Sept. 2014
By Cat the Marauder - Published on Amazon.com
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I work in academia, specifically the biological sciences, so this really is an invaluable reference to help break things down for whatever purpose. For me, it's memory - if I know what the word roots mean, I will remember the word better. Excellent resource.
Great book 29 Dec. 2014
By wunjo - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book for a biology student. Highly recommended.
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