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Roots of Common Terms in Energy Flow and Enzymes

(L = Latin, G = Greek, F = French)

Anabolism

ana = up (G), bole = to throw (G); "building up"

Catabolism

kata = down (G), bole = to throw (G); to thrown down, destroy

Energy

energia = activity, operation (G)

Enthalpy

enthalpein = to warm in (G)

Entropy

entropia = a turning toward [disorder] (G)

Equilibrium

aequus = equal (L), libra = balance (L)

Kinetic

kinetos = moved; putting in motion (G)

Photosynthesis

photo = light (G), synthese = synthesis (G)

Potential

potential = that which is possible (L)

Thermodynamics

thermo = heat (G), dynamics = mechanical work (G)

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