Unit 3.1. AMBI/AMPHI. “ambi” from Latin and “amphi” from Greek means “on both sides” or around”. Unit 3.1. Related Words. Ambiguous (adj): 1. Doubtful or uncertain especially from being obscure or indistinct. 2. Unclear in meaning because of being understandable in more than one way.
“ambi” from Latin and “amphi” from Greek means “on both sides” or around”
2. Continually wavering between opposites or alternate courses of action.
2. A large modern theater or stadium.
An ambidextrous person can use the right and left hand equally well. An amphibian, such as a frog or salamander, is able to live and breathe both on land and in the water.Notes
From Greek, this root means “upon,” “besides,” “attached to,” “over,” “outer,” or “after”
The epidermis is the outer layer of the skin, overlying the inner layer or “dermis.” An epicenter is the portion of the earth’s surface directly over the focus of an earthquake.Notes
A prefix meaning “under,” “beneath,” “down,” or “below normal.”
Many –hypo words are medical. A hypodermic needle injects medication under the skin. Hypotension, or low blood pressure can be just as dangerous as hypertension.Notes
Greek word meaning “warm”
A thermometer measures the amount of warmth in a body, the air, or an oven; a thermostat makes sure the temperature stays at the same level.Notes
A Greek root meaning “many”
Polygamy is marriage in which one has many spouses, or at least more than the legal limit of one. A polygraph is an instrument that reveals whether someone is lying by recording variations in many different bodily pulsations.Notes
From the Latin word for “first”
A primer is a book of first instruction on a subject. A primate is a bishop or archbishop of the first rank – but also a monkey or ape.
Comes from the Greek word for “same.” It can also mean “one and the same,” “similar,” or “alike.”
A homograph is one of 2+ words spelled alike but different in meaning or derivation or pronunciation.
From Latin, this root can mean: “apart,” “do the opposite of,” “deprive of,” “not,” or “exclude or expel from”
The meaning of this root can be seen in words such as disbar, disunion, disagreeable, or disannul.Notes