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This month's Greek word
  • adrenergic  (producing or activated by epinephrine or an epinephrinelike substance)

  • allergy  (an abnormally high sensitivity to certain substances, such as pollens, foods, or microorganisms)

  • argon  (a colorless, odorless, inert gaseous element constituting approximately one percent of Earth's atmosphere, from which it is commercially obtained by fractionation for use in electric light bulbs, fluorescent tubes, and radio vacuum tubes and as an inert gas shield in arc welding)

  • cholinergic  (activated by or capable of liberating acetylcholine, especially as related to nerve fibers of the parasympathetic nervous system)

  • demiurge  (a powerful creative force or personality)

  • dramaturge  (a writer or adapter of plays; a playwright)

  • endergonic  (requiring energy)

  • endoergic  (endothermic: characterized by or causing the absorption of heat)

  • energy  (the capacity for work or vigorous activity; vigor; power)

  • erg  (the centimeter-gram-second unit of energy or work equal to the work done by a force of one dyne acting over a distance of one centimeter)

  • ergograph  (a device for measuring the work capacity of a muscle or group of muscles during contraction)

  • ergometer  (an instrument for measuring the amount of work done by a muscle or group of muscles)

  • ergonomics  (the applied science of equipment design, as for the workplace, intended to maximize productivity by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort)

  • exergonic  (releasing energy)

  • exergue  (a space on the reverse of a coin or medal, usually below the central design and often giving the date and place of engraving)

  • exoergic  (exothermic: releasing heat)

  • georgic  (of or relating to agriculture or rural life)

  • hypergolic  (of or relating to a rocket propellant consisting of fuel and an oxidizer that ignite spontaneously on contact)

  • lethargy  (a state of sluggishness, inactivity, and apathy)

  • liturgy  (a prescribed form or set of forms for public Christian ceremonies; ritual)

  • metallurgy  (the science that deals with procedures used in extracting metals from their ores, purifying and alloying metals, and creating useful objects from metals)

  • surgery  (the branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of injury, deformity, and disease by manual and instrumental means)

  • synergism  (synergy: the interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects)

  • thaumaturge  (a performer of miracles or magic feats)

Definitions are taken from:

The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition copyright Ā© 1992 by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Electronic version licensed from InfoSoft International, Inc. All rights reserved.

Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. Merriam-Webster, 2002. (30 Sep. 2006).

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