Can a Greek-speaker Understand These Scientific Terms? Greek-Originating English Words

greek scientific terms

Hyperopia, progeria, archidendron, alektrorophobia, anthocyanin. What do these words have in common? Well, not only are they scientific terms used in medicine, psychology, botany, and chemistry, but they also derive from Greek words.

Rumor has it that Greek-speakers (native and proficient) have an advantage in science. This is because they don’t have to try memorizing complex terminology that means nothing to them. “Alektorophobia”, for example, derives from the Greek word “alektor” (rooster) and “phobia” (fear). Greek-speakers immediately know what this irrational fear is all about.

Can a native Greek speaker pass the test?

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00:00 Can a Greek-speaker Understand These Scientific Terms? 0

0:46 Dysentery

01:13 Hyperopia

01:52 Diptheria

02:16 Progeria

02:37 Sycophant

03:28 Antidote

03:52 Alektorophobia

04:09 Cryophobia

04:21 Nephophobia

04:53 Onomatophobia

05:23 Aerophobia

05:39 Hemophobia

06:00 Ophidiophobia

06:13 Campanula

06:38 Paranthropus

06:51 Archidendron (Grandiflorum)

07:25 Anthocyanin

07:39 Bacteriophage

07:56 Bromine

08:12 Cephalopod

08:31 Pterodactyl

08:48 Gametophyte

09:05 So, Do Greeks Have an Advantage in Science?

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