grapho-, graph-, -graph, -graphy, -grapher, -graphia

(Greek: to scratch; to write, to record, to draw, to describe; that which is written or described)

As indicated at the bottom of this page, there are a significantly large number of graphic word-entry groups in this unit. Such an extensive listing is provided to show how important the grapho- element is to the English language.

abdominal aortography
A radiographic (x-ray or gamma ray) study of the abdominal aorta after the introduction of a contrast medium through a catheter in the femoral artery.
accelerograph (s) (noun) accelerographs (pl)
1. An apparatus for recording the succession of pressures developed in a power-chamber by the combustion of a charge.
2. Instruments that show, and record, the speed of tremors occurring in an earthquake.
acoustic agraphia (s) (noun), acoustic agraphias (pl)
The inability to write from dictation or from what is heard: "The doctor is a specialist in treating acoustic agraphias with which several of his patients are afflicted."
acrography (s) (noun), acrographies (pl)
1. The art of making blocks in relief, as a substitute for wood-engraving.
2. A process of making chalk tracery in relief on metal or stone, to obtain from it an electrotype or stereotype.
actinograph
1. An instrument, invented by Sir J. Herschel in 1838, for recording the variations in the power of the solar rays.
2. An instrument (of which there are various kinds) used for recording actinic power of light, to determine the correct time of exposure for photographic plates.
3. Either seldom used terms, or obsolete terms, for radiograph and radiography (images produced on film or another sensitive surface by radiation; such as, X-rays or gamma rays passing through an object).
actinography
actograph
1. A device enabling the amount of movement of an animal placed inside it to be recorded.
2. A record of motor activity.
actography
addressograph
An addressing-machine for printing addresses.
adenographic
adenography
1. A written description of the glandular system.
2. A roentgenography (x-ray) of a gland or glands.
adoxographic
adoxography
Trashy writing.

A reference to writing without doxa, or glory; that is, writing that would bring no fame or honor to its creator.

aerocystography
Roentgenography of the bladder after it has been injected with air; also called pneumocystography.
aerograph
1. Any automatic recording instrument for atmospheric measurement that is carried aloft by an aircraft.
2. In general, any self-recording instrument carried aloft by any means to obtain meteorological data.

Related "writing" word units: glypto-; gram-; scrib-, script-.