Can You Spell These Biology Words?

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Can you pick the correct spelling?

An allele is any form of a gene that can occupy the same locus. The correct spelling is "allele."

Is "botany" spelled correctly?

There are numerous branches of biology, which is the general study of life. Botany is the branch which is concerned with the study of plants.

Can you complete the part of the brain called the "medulla ________"?

The correct spelling of the term is "medulla oblongata." This is the lower or hindmost part of the brain.

Is the word "gonadd" spelled correctly?

The correct way to spell this word is "gonad." A gonad is a gland in an animal in which gametes are produced. Gametes are sex cells.

Can you fill in the missing letters in "th__ax"?

"Thorax" is the completed word. A thorax is the body of an arthropod between the head and abdomen. Insects and crabs are examples of arthropods.

Can you fill in the missing letters in "sym____osis"?

"Symbiosis" is the correct spelling of this term. It describes two different separate organisms mutually interacting for both of their benefit.

How is the word for the green pigment in plant organisms spelled?

Have you ever wondered why plants are green? This is due to the fact that photosynthetic organisms contain chlorophyll.

Is "pollen" spelled right?

"Pollen" is the correct spelling of this word. Pollen is the fine spores containing male gametes. They are a part of how flowering plants reproduce.

Oak trees are what kind of trees?

Oak trees are an example of deciduous plants. This means that they shed their foliage yearly, at the end of the growing season.

What letter does the word "_pidermis" start with?

"Epidermis" is the correct spelling of this word. It refers to the outermost layer of skin that covers the surface of the body of an animal.

Which of these do invertebrates have?

An exoskeleton is the exterior hard tissue or shell that many types of organisms have for protection. These include bones, scales, nails or hoofs.

Is "hipothesiss" spelled correctly?

"Hypothesis" is the correct spelling of this word. A hypothesis is a formative insight that needs to be further verified and tested.

Can you fill in the missing letters in "po___nation"?

The correct spelling of this world is "pollination." Pollination is the transfer of the small spores that contain male plant gametes. This is how plant organisms reproduce.

Can you pick the correct spelling?

The correct spelling of this word is "nucleus." The nucleus is an important part of a cell. It is responsible for growth and reproduction.

What is an organism's ancestry?

"Pedigree" is the proper spelling of this word. It is a diagram which shows the relationship between an organism and its ancestors.

Which of these do we all have?

Genes are a part of our DNA. They control our physical characteristics and growth.

Is "sytoplasum" spelled correctly?

"Cytoplasm" is the correct spelling of this word. It refers to what is inside a cell, excluding the nucleus.

What has mass?

Matter is the correct spelling of this word. Matter both has mass and occupies space. All things which physically exist are made of matter.

Can you finish the word "membr______"?

"Membrane" is the correct spelling of this word. It is a sheet or tissue that lines and connects organs and cells.

Can you fill in the missing letters in "____notype"?

"Phenotype" is the right spelling of this scientific term. This is the term for an organism's final appearance.

Can you complete the word "n_____toxin" with the right letters?

A neurotoxin is any toxin that negatively affects neural tissues. Lead, ethanol and manganese are common neurotoxins.

Can you pick the correct spelling?

Parasite is the correct spelling of this biological term. A parasite is an animal or plant organism that lives off a host.

How does the word "______thogen" begin?

The correct spelling of this term is "pathogen." A pathogen is a disease-producing agent.

How do you spell "photo____thesis"?

The correct spelling of this term is "photosynthesis." It is the process through which plant organisms transform sunlight into energy. They use this energy to survive and grow.

Is "loam" spelled correctly?

"Loam" is spelled correctly. It is a rich soil made up of sand, clay and organic materials.

Can you complete the word "_____valve"?

A univalve is an animal with one valve or shell. They are also called gastropods. Animals like mollusks and snails are univalves or gastropods.

A _______ can infect you.

"Virus" is the correct spelling of this term. A virus is an infectious agent the multiplies within living hosts. They can cause damage and even death to other organisms.

Is the word "spesies" spelled correctly?

"Species" is the correct spelling of this word. A species is a taxonomic group of organisms. These organisms have similar physical appearances and can naturally interbreed.

What is the study of fossils?

Paleontology is a branch of biology. It is an earth and life science which focuses largely on fossil organisms. These include humans, animals and ancient organisms.

Which word relates to change?

"Mutation" is the correct spelling of this word. A mutation is a change in the form or quality of an organism. This can be both for better or worse.

Can you complete the word "_____tosis"?

"Mitosis" is the correct spelling of this term. Mitosis is the process during which a cell divides into a pair of smaller cells.

Is "jenetics" spelled correctly?

"Genetics" is the correct spelling of this term. Genetics is the study or heredity and variation in all kinds of living organisms.

How do you begin the word "____lement"?

"Element" is the correct spelling of this word. An element can not be broken down into a smaller substance through chemical means.

Which of these is correct?

"Biome" is the correct spelling of this word. A biome is a large ecological community. It will have its own distinct climate characteristics and plant life.

Can you finish the word "antibiot____"?

An antiobiotic is a substance used to kill microorganisms. They are used to cure infections in animals.

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The English language is one of the hardest languages for those who did not grow up natively speaking it to learn. It is famous for having more exceptions than rules and a lot of quirks that seem purely random to those who didn't grow up with it. However, some words are trickier than others. And scientific lingo poses a unique challenge. These words are often very long and have roots in other languages that can make them quite tricky. After all, Latin is a dead language. And that is where a lot of scientific jargon comes from.  

Scientific jargon can be tricky to master, but people who have a love of science can always figure it out. From the long words to their interesting meanings, there is so much to digest when it comes to scientific lingo! 

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