Evo-devo

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Evo-devo (noun) is a compound of the clippings for evolutionary and developmental biology. Evo-devo traces the evolution of developmental biology among many species to determine their ancestral relationship. Etymology: Evolutionary (adj; borrowing from Latin ēvolvere; 1673) Relating to or of evolution. Uses the suffix -ary (Latin -āri-us, -āri-um) to mean “connected with” or “a place for” Evolution (noun; Latin ēvolūtiōn; 1616) In the biological […]

TMR

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Initialism, noun: TMR is an initialism for Targeted Muscle Reinnervation. It is a kind of surgery which rewires nerves from amputated limbs into neighboring muscles. In addition, sensors are implanted to control prostheses myoelectric signals from the brain. Currently, this technology is only being used for prosthetic arms. Etymology: Targeted (adj.) : being aimed or directed at Target (noun; French targete; 15th century) something being […]

Nutrigenomics

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Jargon: n. A branch of genomics dealing with the identification of genes involved in individual responses to nutritional factors and the determination of individual nutritional needs. Word originated circa 2000. It explains how foods affect our health (help immune system, protect against cancer, improve mental health) through gene regulation and expression. Here is an example of one specific […]

Ragequit

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General denotation: v. The act of abruptly stopping a game out of frustration. Etymology: Compound of Quit (Latin quies, quite) + Rage (Latin rabia, anger) Societal Information: This word is both jargon and slang because it is currently only used among one group of people. The gamer community has its own jargon and many people, especially other generations, are not […]

Salty

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Neosense Word: adj. describing a person who is agitated or bitter. General Denotation: adj. Containing or tasting of salt Etymology: Salt (Old English sealt, Latin root sal)              -y (English suffix meaning “characterized by or inclined to”) 1988 – neosense angry or irritated, becoming a slang term in the early 2000s Societal Information: Recently, this word has been used […]