(Greek: a suffix; pertaining to; of the nature of, like; in chemistry, it denotes a higher valence of the element than is expressed by -ous)
adelphic (adjective), more adelphic, most adelphic
Descriptive of a form of polyandry; pertaining to the plurality of husbands: The adelphic practice of a woman married to two or more brothers at the same time is not legal in many countries.
adendric (adjective) (not comparable)
Referring to the lack of dendrites or branched extensions of nerve-cell neurons that receive electrical signals from other neurons and conducts those signals to the cell body: Adendric, or adendritic processes of neurons, can be found in certain cells in a spinal ganglia.
adenic (adjective), more adenic, most adenic
Pertaining to or resembling a gland; glandular: Dr. Simpson was especially interested in examining the adenic areas of Tim's body.
adiabatic (adjective), more adiabatic, most adiabatic
In thermodynamics, describing a process in which there is no transfer of heat into or out of the system in question: The research indicated that there was an adiabatic loss or gain of heat for the proposed manufacturing of the material.
adiactinic (adjective) (not comparable)
Referring to the incapability of transmitting actinic rays: Such adjactinic substances do not convey radiation which would damage photochemically sensitive materials, like the safelight in a photographic darkroom.
adiathermanic (adjective), more adiathermanic, most adiathermanic
Impermeability to heat or not allowing heat to pass through or to diffuse.
adipic (adjective) (not comparable)
Relating to the nature of fat; fatty: Adipic fat is present in the cells of the adipose tissues of an obese person.
The dermis is separated from the underlying sturctures by a layer of loose connective tissue and adipose tissue consisting of cells in which adipic material is stored in the form of globules (subcutaneous lipids).
Adipose also acts as an insulating layer that reduces loss of heat from the body, besides having a mechanical protective effect (cushioning).
adipogenic, adipogenetic (adjective) (not comparable)
A reference to the production or formation of fat: caused by fat, lipogenic: Adipogenic activity applies either to fatty degeneration or fatty infiltration. Adipogenic processes also apply to the normal deposition of fat or to the conversion of carbohydrate or protein to fat.
adipohepatic (adjective) (nor comparable)
A reference to or marked by fatty degeneration of the liver: Jim drank too many glasses of wine every evening, and his doctor diagnosed him as having an adipohepptic ailment of his liver.
adipokinetic (adjective) (not comparable)
Relating to a substance or factor that causes movement of stored lipid (fat): An adipokinetic agent is one that moves or circulates stored fat in a person's body.
adipolytic (adjective) (not comparable)
Regarding the conversion of fat into free fatty acids: An adipolytic effect can take place by the action of enzymes.
adrenergic (adjective), more adrenergic, most adrenergic
Regarding something that releases or activates adrenaline or a substance similar to adrenaline; sympathomimetic: In his seminar, Timothy learned about adrenergic agents which cause physiological effects resembling those of epinephrine.
adrenic (noun), more adrenic, most adrenic
Concerning the suprarenal gland: Jim learned that adrenic glands pertained to the endocrine organs close to the anterior medial border of the kidney.
adrenocorticotrophic (adjective) (not comparable)
Referring to the stimulation of the adrenal cortex; adrenocorticotropic: One option for a person's adrenal glands to produce more cortisone is to have an adrenocorticotrophic hormone injected into the body.
adrenokinetic (adjective) (not comparable)
Descriptive of the stimulation of the adrenal glands: Thomas learned that his adrenokinetic disorder also referred to adrenokinesis, which was an old-fashioned term.