Go to 'thermo-' entry Go to 'dino-' entry Go to 'chondro-' entry Go to 'aero-' entry Go to '-logy' entry Go to 'thaumato-' entry Go to 'nano-' entry Go to '-sophy' entry Go to 'bucco-' entry Go to '-ism' entry Go to '-lysis' entry Go to 'galacto-' entry Go to '-anthropy' entry Go to 'pneumo-' entry Go to '-ploitation' entry Go to '-lithic' entry Go to '-sepalous' entry Go to 'onco-' entry Go to '-parous' entry Go to 'dermato-' entry Go to 'multi-' entry Go to 'dodeca-' entry Go to '-zoon' entry Go to 'vermi-' entry Go to 'crystallo-' entry Go to 'biblio-' entry Go to 'eco-' entry Go to 'juxta-' entry Go to 'facio-' entry
Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

chem(o)- Also chemi-

Chemistry; chemical compounds; chemical reactions.

[English chemical.]

The more common form is chemo-, as for example in chemotherapy, the chemical treatment of disease; chemoreceptor, a cell responsive to a chemical stimulus; chemosynthesis, the creation of chemical substances from inorganic material by bacteria; and chemoprophylaxis, the use of drugs to prevent disease. Two examples using chemi- are chemiluminescence, light created chemically without heat, as fireflies do, and chemisorption, absorption of a substance held in place by chemical bonds.

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