Sunday, December 19, 2010

Greek and Latin Roots of English: Chloroform

According to the Dictionary Reference Chloroform is "used chiefly in medicine as a solvent andformerly as an anesthetic."
This is an "example" of the use of chloroform.

According to the Etymology Dictionary chloroform derives from french (chlor-) comb. form meaning "chlorine" and (-formic) coined from Latin formica "ant;" so called because it was obtained from red ants".

Chloremia, "is an excess of chlorides in the blood" has got the same root as Chloroform, but at the same time as Chloroleukemia: "is a kind of myelogenous leukemia in which specific tumor masses are not seen at autopsy, but body fluids and organs are green", chloroplast: "any of the chlorophyll-bearing bodies of plant cells.", chlorosis: "A form of chronic anemia, primarily of young women, characterized by a greenish-yellow discoloration of the skin and usually associated with deficiency in iron and protein. Also called chloremia."
Other words with de root (-formic) are formicary and formication.


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