Biology: Web-Linked Dictionary

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Web-linked Dictionary


This completely revised and updated edition is designed for advanced high school, undergraduate, and graduate students who have an interest in the life sciences, from recent advances in genetics to theories of evolution.
  • Includes more than 6,500 entries and illustrations
  • Covers all the major fields within biology, including anatomy, biochemistry, ecology, evolutionary theory, genetics, genomics, proteomics, molecular biology, physiology, and taxonomy
  • Now includes numerous useful links to authoritative Web sites to further expand research in the field
  • Contains biographical details of important biologists
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060851804
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/3/2006
  • Series: Collins Web-Linked Dictionary Series
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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Web-Linked Dictionary
By W. G. Hale

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright ©2006 W. G. Hale
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060851805


A abbrev. 1 ABSORBANCE.

2 the nitrogenous base ADENINE in NUCLEIC ACIDS.



Å abbrev. ANGSTROM.

a- prefix denoting not, without, away.

Ab abbrev. ANTIBODY.

ab- prefix denoting from, out of, away, apart.

A-band the dark band of the muscle sarcomere which corresponds to the thick myosin filaments. See MUSCLE CONTRACTION.

abaxial (of a leaf surface) facing away from the stem of the plant.

abdomen that part of the body of vertebrates containing the viscera (i.e. the kidneys, liver, stomach and intestines). In mammals it is separated from the thorax, which contains the heart and lungs, by the diaphragm. In arthropods it is that part of the body directly behind the thorax; in many other invertebrates the abdomen is divided into segments that have a superficial similarity.

abducens nerve the cranial nerve of vertebrates that supplies the external rectus muscle of the eye (see EYE MUSCLE); it is mainly MOTOR in function.

abductor or levator any muscle that moves a limb away from the body. An example of an abductor is the abductor pollicis,which moves the thumb outward. Compare ADDUCTOR.


abiotic factor any contribution to the ENVIRONMENT or ecosystem that is of a nonliving nature, e.g. climate; pH.

ablactation the ending of milk production in female mammals; the process of WEANING

ablation the removal or destruction of any part of an organism.


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