Lesson 14: Bioscientific Terms from Classical Mythology

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  1. ammonia
    • Mythological Association - Temple of Zeus Ammon.
    • Scientific Meaning - Alkaline compound of nitrogen and hydrogen.
  2. aphrodisiac
    • Mythological Association - Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty.
    • Scientific Meaning - Substance which excites sexual desire.
  3. hermaphrodite
    • Mythological Association - Hermaphroditus, who became joined in one body with a nymph.
    • Scientific Meaning - Having both and female reproductive organs.
  4. narcissism
    • Mythological Association - Narcissus, who fell in love with his own reflection in a pond.
    • Scientific Meaning - Self-love; in psychiatry, fixation of libido on one's own body.
  5. Palinuridae
    • Mythological Association - Palinurus, Aeneas's pilot.
    • Scientific Meaning - Family of decapod crustaceans comprising the spiny lobsters.
  6. Charon evagatus
    • Mythological Association - Charon, ferryman who took souls across the river Styx.
    • Scientific Meaning - Yellow fever virus.
  7. Eacles penelope
    • Mythological Association - Penelope, Odysseus's faithful wife, who wove a tapestry.
    • Scientific Meaning - Moth that weaves a cocoon.
  8. Tendon of Achilles
    • Mythological Association - Achilles, famous warrior vulnerable only in the heel.
    • Scientific Meaning - strong tendon joining the muscles in the calf of the leg to the bone of the heel.
  9. HEMI-
    half
  10. MON-
    • single
    • one
  11. PROT-
    • first
    • original
    • primitive
  12. DI-
    • twice
    • double
  13. DICH-
    in two
  14. DEUT-, DEUTER-
    second
  15. TRI-
    three
  16. TETR(A)-
    four
  17. PENT(A)-
    five
  18. HEX(A)-
    six
  19. HEPT(A)-
    seven
  20. OCT(A)-
    eight
  21. ENNE(A)-
    nine
  22. DEC(A)-
    ten
  23. HECT-
    hundred
  24. KILO-
    one thousand

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