-ics, -tics [-ac after i]

(Greek: a suffix that forms nouns and is usually used to form names of arts and sciences)

Characterized by the interaction of politics or political events and behavior; psychopolitical.
1. Practical application of psychological methods in the study of economics, sociology, and other subjects.
2. The use of psychological techniques for controlling and modifying human behavior, especially for practical ends.
1. The branch of dentistry concerned with diagnosis, treatment, and the prevention of diseases of the dental pulp and its surrounding tissues.
2. The study of diseases of the dental pulp and their condition following the occurrence of a preceding disease; also endodontics.

Root canal treatment is also known as endodontic therapy. Having a root canal generally involves treatment of the tooth's pulpal tissue (or nerve).

In addition to nerve fibers, the pulpal tissue also contains arteries, veins, lymph vessels, and connective tissue.

Root canals are often the most feared procedure by regular visitors to the dentist's office, although it is claimed to be, in most cases, a fairly uncomplicated and low-pain treatment.

1. Caused by or generating heat.
2. Of or relating to solid rock formed from molten rock; igneous.
The science dealing with heat.
pyrotechnics (noun) (a plural used as a singular)
1. The art and science of preparing and using fireworks: Pyrotechnics is used for both military and nonmilitary purposes to produce a bright light for illumination, or colored lights, or smoke for signaling.

2. A device or material which can be ignited to produce light or noise for purposes of display or illumination: Some musical groups utilize pyrotechnics to increase the brilliance of their performances.
3. A sensational display of eloquence, wit, anger, etc.: Greg thrilled his audience with his vocal pyrotechnics about how the economy was getting much better!
4. Etymology: borrowed from French pyrotechnique; from Greek and Latin pyro- "fire" + Latin technicus, "technical."
The art of showing emotional oratory.
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Transcription factors and other molecules involved in the regulation of gene expressions.

The transcription factor is a protein that binds to specific DNA sequences, and so controlling the movement (or transcription) of genetic information.

1. The science or study of the technology associated with the design, fabrication, theory, and application of robots.
2. The use of computer-controlled robots to perform manual tasks; especially, on an assembly line.
The study of secreted proteins actively exported from cells.
1. The study of how meaning in language is created by the use and interrelationships of words, phrases, and sentences.
2. The study of the relationship between symbols and what they represent.
semiotics, semeiotics
1. The theory and study of signs and symbols, what they mean, and how they are used; especially, as elements of language or other systems of communication, and comprising semantics, syntactics, and pragmatics.
2. The study of signs and symbols of all kinds, what they mean, and how they relate to the things or ideas they refer to.

With reference to culture, the meaning of a sign or symbol is not permanent an it varies over time, in different contexts, and by the intent of the speaker or writer.

The relationship between a symbol or sign and what it represents can also be challenged by different individuals or groups of individuals who might have different views on the content of a specific sign or signified relationship; such as, with the word "culture".

3. In medicine, the study of symptoms of diseases and identifying the ways that various symptoms indicate the diseases that underlie them.

"Modern semiotics has produced so many new insights and viewpoints that symbol research is being placed on an increasingly secure foundation."

"In our age of inundation by optical stimuli, there is a great danger that man's own capacity for pictorial thought will continue to languish. Working with symbols can help us find means and ways to see behind things and to tie together visual and verbal manifestations of a world so wonderfully varied and multi-layered."

—Udo Becker, editor of the book, The Continuum of Encyclopedia of Symbols;
The Continuum Publishing Company; New York; 1992; page 6.