Medical English terminology: How to combine Heterotroph

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How to combine the word Heterotroph

“As a heterotroph (an organism that doesn’t photosynthesize), you ingest (take in) energy in the form of matter – that is, you eat the bodies of other organisms.”

When reading this sentence, I determined that the keyword of the above sentence is heterotroph so I will try to “study” it. Hetero means “other” and tropho means “nourishment”. Combining these two components we get the word heterotroph, which means “to get nutrition from one another”, which is the specialized word “heterotrophic organism”.

On the contrary, if the organism is capable of nurturing itself. They already know that the root of “nourishment” is tropho, now we need the root meaning “self, self-control”. Well, I remember, it must be the root auto. I try to combine words, autotroph. And it is important that I do not forget to try a quick google lookup to see if that word is used. Yes, autotroph exactly means “autotrophic organism”.

Why do I memorize the root word hetero so that when I encounter it I can know the meaning immediately?

Fortunately, when I read about kidney physiology, I have seen that the word heterogeneity of nephrons causes each nephron to have a different threshold of renal glucose, starting at 180 mg / dL, some of the nephrons are saturated. , onset of glucose in the urine. But until Tmax is 325 mg / dL, all nephrons are saturated. It made a real impression on me because one word accurately represents the physiological meaning.

As for tropho, reading books on reproductive physiology or obstetrics and gynecology, it is not difficult to encounter cultured fibroblasts, trophoblast. And blast is common in embryonic tissue, or osteoblast physiology (osteoblast) …

Just like that, the roots, prefix, and suffix are assembled and combined. This is also a way of compounding words that myself practice active memorization. Therefore, if you practice daily, regular contact with specialized material and are excited to read about your field of interest, then one fine day is not far, you will be surprised by yourself.

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Thanh Minh Khanh

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