Hypothesis, analysis and synthesis, it's all Greek to me

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  • External authors:
  • Ioannis Iliopoulos
  • Antoine Danchin
  • John Pa Ioannidis
  • Peter D. Katsikis
  • Christos A. Ouzounis
  • Vasilis J. Promponas


The linguistic foundations of science and technology include many terms that have been borrowed from ancient languages. In the case of terms with origins in the Greek language, the modern meaning can often differ significantly from the original one. Here we use the PubMed database to demonstrate the prevalence of words of Greek origin in the language of modern science, and call for scientists to exercise care when coining new terms.

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Original languageEnglish
Early online date20 Feb 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019