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This month's Greek word
  • atopic  (of, relating to, or caused by a hereditary predisposition toward the development of certain hypersensitivity reactions, such as hay fever, asthma, or chronic urticaria, upon exposure to specific antigens)

  • biotope  (an area that is uniform in environmental conditions and in its distribution of animal and plant life)

  • ectopia  (an abnormal location or position of an organ or a body part, occurring congenitally or as the result of injury)

  • eurytopic  (able to adapt to a wide range of environmental conditions; widely distributed; used of a plant or an animal)

  • isotope  (one of two or more atoms having the same atomic number but different mass numbers [so called because the isotopes of a chemical element occupy the same position in the periodic table of elements])

  • stenotopic  (able to adapt only to a narrow range of environmental conditions; used of a plant or an animal)

  • topiary  (of or characterized by the clipping or trimming of live shrubs or trees into decorative shapes, as of animals)

  • topic  (the subject of a speech, an essay, a thesis, or a discourse)

  • topical  (of or belonging to a particular location or place; local)

  • topos  (a traditional theme or motif; a literary convention)

  • utopia  (an ideally perfect place, especially in its social, political, and moral aspects; an impractical, idealistic scheme for social and political reform)

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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