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ERIC Number: EJ921260
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Influences from Latin on Chemical Terminology
Loyson, Peter
Journal of Chemical Education, v87 n12 p1303-1307 Dec 2010
This article describes the use of Latin-derived words and terms used in chemistry, and explores the meaning of these words, so as to lead to a better understanding of these words, so commonly used in the teaching of chemistry. As the article shows, there are many such words, and with some elementary knowledge, a greater meaning is given to these words. The article starts with exploring the reasons why Latin has left its mark on chemical terminology and then looks at some Latin prefixes and suffixes, commonly used in chemistry, leading to easy-to-understand Latin-derived words. The influence of Latin on naming chemical elements is then briefly discussed, after which the naming of classes and types of chemical compounds is described. Latin-derived terms used in inorganic, physical, analytical, and organic chemistry are then further explored and explained. (Contains 7 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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