Monday, March 14, 2016

Greek and Latin Roots of English: Electrocardiogram



According to the WordReference dictionary the word electrocardiogram means the printed, graphic record that is produced by an electrocardiograph.

According to the Etymology dictionary electro- means before vowels electr-, word-forming element meaning "electrical, electricity," Latinized form of Greek elektro. Cardio means before vowels cardi-, word-forming element meaning "pertaining to the heart," from Latinized form of Greek kardia "heart". Gram means noun suffix, "that which is written or marked, from Greek gramma "that which is drawn; a picture, a drawing; that which is written, a character, an alphabet letter, written letter, piece of writing.

Other words with electro- are: electromagnetic, electroplate and electrotype.
Other words with cardio are: cardiology, cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary.
Other words with gram are: grammar, gramophone and histogram.

You can see the use os electrocardiogram here.

Adolfo Costas. 3º A

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