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 is 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.

allographic
A descriptive reference to something, especially a signature, written by one person on another’s behalf.
allography
Writing another individual's signature.

An allograph can simply be the opposite of an autograph; that is, it is a person's words or name (signature) written down by another person.

altigraph (s) (noun), altigraphs (pl)
1. An altimeter (instrument that determines the altitude) equipped with a device for recording its measurements on a graph.
2. An instrument that shows, and records, heights above sea level; especially, those that are mounted in aircrafts and incorporating aneroid barometers that sense the differences in pressure caused by changes in altitude.
ambulatory electrocardiographic monitoring (s) (noun), ambulatory electrocardiographic monitorings (pl)
An essential tool in the diagnostic evaluation of patients with cardiac arrhythmias: The ambulatory electrocardiographic monitoring is used to help determine whether someone has an otherwise undetected heart disease; such as, an abnormal heart rhythm (cardiac arrhythmia), or inadequate blood flow through the heart.

Specifically, ambulatory electrocardiographic monitoring can detect abnormal electrical activity in the heart which may occur randomly or only under certain circumstances; such as, during sleep or periods of physical activity or stress, which may or may not be picked up by standard, short-term electrocardiography performed in a doctor's office.

The main complaint that people have with ambulatory electrocardiographic monitoring is that the monitor may be cumbersome and interfere with certain activities, especially sleeping; however, bathing and showering are not allowed during the monitoring period.

The signals of the ambulatory electrocardiographic monitoring are recorded on a cassette tape that runs slowly for a 24 hour recording, then the tape is quickly analyzed by a machine which stops when it detects any abnormalities in the recording.

amniography
Radiography of the amniotic sac after the injection of radiopaque, water-soluble solution into the sac, which outlines the umbilical cord, the placenta, and the soft tissues of the fetal body; now considered an obsolete technique. Also: fetography.
ampelography
The scientific description of the vine.
anaglyptograph
anaglyptographic
1. A reference to a machine, or system, that produces representations in relief, of coins, medals, etc.
2. The art of copying works in relief, or of engraving as to give the subject an embossed or raised appearance; used in representing coins, bas-reliefs, etc.

A bas-relief, or low relief, is a sculptural form in which figures are carved in a flat surface and project only slightly from the background rather than standing freely.

Depending on the degree of projection, reliefs may also be classified as either a high or a medium relief.

anaglyptography
A machine for producing representations in relief, of coins, medals, etc.
anagraph
anagraphy
A writing up, a record; a registering or recording of matters, an inventory.
anapnograph
An instrument for registering the movements and amount of expiration and inspiration.
anecdotographer
Somone who publishes anecdota or secret histories.
anemograph
An instrument designed to produce a permanent record of the speed, and sometimes the direction and force of the wind, as measured by an anemometer.
anemographic
A reference to an instrument that records on paper the directions and forces of the wind.

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