Quad Latin or greek?
Asked in Prefixes Suffixes and Root Words
Why the difference between numerical prefixes quad vs tetra?
Asked in Chemical Bonding
Why is it tetra and not quad prefix for four in a covalent bond?
Chemistry uses the Greek prefixes for moleclar geometries: mono-, di-, tri, tetra-, penta, hexa-, hepta- Quad belongs to the latin series: uni-, bi, ter, quad, quin, sxa, septa. Chemistry is not consistent however. In the nomenclature of organic molecules it switches from Greek- to-Latin: "pentane", hexane" (Greek) but"nonane" "decane" (Latin)
Do Scientific words often come from Greek or Latin?
The most of the scientific words, yes it is true, come from Greek or Latin language. For example: biology (greek) pneumonia (greek) oesophagus (greek) gastroenteritis (greek) epinephritis (greek) astronomy (greek) galaxy (greek) heliocentric (greek) planet (greek) supernova (latin) stellar (latin) nebula (latin)