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Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms

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One of the outstanding problems of the biologist, whether he be beginning student or specialists, is that of understanding technical terms. The best way to understand and remember technical terms is to understand first their component parts, or roots. This dictionary has been designed primarily to meet the needs of the beginning student, the medical student, and the taxonomist, but it should be of value to all biologists.

134 pages, Paperback

First published June 1, 1960

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Donald J. Borror

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Donald Joyce Borror was a professor of entomology and zoology at Ohio State University. He founded the Borror Laboratory of Bioacoustics at the university, which houses one of the largest collections of recorded animal sounds in the world - it has more than 30,000 recordings of over 1400 species of animals.

As an entomologist and naturalist, he is known best as an expert on the order Odonata (dragonflies & damselflies), and for his book An Introduction to the Study of Insects.

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April 19, 2008
I love this book- it makes me nearly impossible to talk with.
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May 8, 2015
I saw this come through the library as a hold about the time I was reading The World of Kong: A Natural History of Skull Island, which features invented scientific names for the creatures, so I first thought of this book as a tool for developing those names. But then I wondered why it was only organized alphabetically by word root, and not by English meaning. But now that I have looked at it more, it is obvious that it is for people studying medicine, biology, or such like, an aid to comprehending the dizzying array of terms used in those fields. I don't have enough need for that, and plenty of other books clamoring for attention, but it might be interesting to revisit this sometime.
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January 24, 2008
oh my god. I love this book.
I love it so much it may or may not have teeth marks in it.
I have every intention of carrying it in my purse for the rest of my life.
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April 5, 2009
This is the most all-round useful dictionary I've found. It's small, easily used, and helpful when technical people throw words like 'idiopathic' or 'hyporheic' at you.
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