Apoptosis vs. necrosis

CGE at CU.NIH.GOV CGE at CU.NIH.GOV
Wed Apr 13 11:55:10 EST 1994


The definition from Dorland's medical Dictionary:

Apoptosis is derived from the Greek Apo- [meaning separation
or derivation from] and -ptosis [silent p, meaning downward
displacement]. Apoptosis = a falling off.

Dale, what is so strange sounding about apo-tosis? There are
many 'pt' words with a silent p - pteridine, pterygoid, Ptolemy,
asymptote, pteridophyte, ptarmigan, ptomaine, and every kids
favorite - pterodactyl.

Graham



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