Understanding Scientific Terms/Colors

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Greek vase Dionysos attica 520 bC.jpg Understanding Scientific Terminology
Greek and Latin Roots of Scientific Terms.
Lessons: 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Lesson 5 - Colors[edit]

Many words incorporate Greek and Latin words for colors. For example, the word for a red blood cell is erythrocyte. Erythro is a Greek root meaning red. Here are some more color roots that you may encounter.


melan/o  : black
nigr/o : black
leuc/o  : white
alb/a : white
erythr/o  : red
rub/o  : red
rhod/o  : rosy / red
xanth/o  : yellow
cyan/o  : blue-green / blue
glauc/o  : grey
chlor/o  : green
chrom/o  : color