Below you can see part of a word list submitted by Dr. Sarah Carney. Her list covers vocabulary words that are used in the MCAT exam. (MCAT stands for «Medical College Admission Test»).
adaptation [no plural]
n. characteristics that increase an organism''s ability to survive within a changing
Adaptation occurs as a result of evolution.
advise [advised; advised; advising]
v. to recommend
The medical profession advise people not to smoke.
advice [no plural]
Medical advice is often ignored by patients.
atom [plural: atoms]
n. smallest unit of a chemical element which holds the properties of that element
Atoms combine to form molecules.
atomic mass [no plural]
n. this is the number that shows how heavy an atom of that element is compared to another element
The total number of protons and neutrons in the nucleus is the atomic mass.
attract [attracted; attracted; attracting]
v. to draw to itself
A positively charged particle attracts a negatively charged particle.
autopsy [plural: autopsies]
n. medical dissection of a dead body which determines the cause of death
Another term for autopsy is post mortem.
autotroph [plural: autotrophs]
n. organism that makes their own food from simple food sources
Algae, plants and certain bacteria are autotrophs.
calcium [no plural]
n. chemical element with the symbol Ca which is used to make bones and teeth
Calcium plays a role in muscle contraction, nerve conduction and blood clotting.
chemical formula [plural: chemical·formulas]
n. letters used to represent the individual elements in a compound
The chemical formula for salt is NaCl.
chorion [plural: chorions]
n. the external membrane of an embryo
The chorion has a role in the development of the placenta in humans.
circulate [circulated; circulated; circulating]
v. to move around
Blood circulates around the body in blood vessels.
cis-trans isomers [only plural]
n. isomers that have identical covalent arrangements but are different with regard to the arrangement of their groups in space
Cis-trans isomers are also called geometrical isomers.
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