Literacy in science

Word roots I - from Greek and Latin

 

 

Word roots in science- II

Modern Foreign Languages

calor: heat (Spanish,Portuguese)

calories 

Traditionally, heat is measured in units of calories (cal) instead of joules.
One calorie is defined as the amount of heat necessary to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water by one degree centigrade (°C).

( this way, thinking of heat helps to remember what a calorie means)


capello  means hair (Italian)

capillaries

So, capillaries have this name because they are very thin. Their discovery , by Italian scientist Malpighi, had to wait for the development of the microscopy, by Dutch scientist Leewenhook


aqueous solution :    water is  agua  (Spanish)

Aqueduct


In vivo      alive   :  vivo (Spanish)

In vitro        glass :  vidro (Portuguese) and Vetro (Italian)


Carnivore      meat  : carne  (Spanish)


lignine - glucose polymer used by plants to produce wood

      wood -    legno  (Italian)

 

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