-ics, -tics [-ac after i]

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

A reference to the preservation of or keeping the the natural form of a cell.
eurhythmics, eurythmics
1. The art of interpreting musical compositions by rhythmical, free-style bodily movement.
2. The art of interpreting in bodily movements the rhythm of musical compositions.

Applied to a method invented by Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, a Swiss composer, with the purpose of developing the sense of rhythm and symmetry.

Euthenics (betterment of living conditions to secure more efficient human beings), mastery of the forces of nature as a step toward an ideal state.
1. The study of the improvement of human functioning and well-being by improvement of living conditions.
2. The study of ways of enhancing people's environments and living standards in order to improve their health and well-being.
evolutionary economics
A school of economic thought that views the economy as an evolving system (on the model of the biosphere) and emphasizes dynamics, changing structures, and disequilibrium processes; such as, would occur in biological evolution.
1. Research in the region of a gene that contains the code for producing protein.

Each exon codes for a specific portion of the complete protein and exons are separated by introns, long regions of DNA that have no apparent function.

2. The study of a segment of a gene that contains information used in coding for protein synthesis.

Genetic information within genes is discontinuous, split among the exons that encode for messenger RNA and absent from the DNA sequences in between, which are called introns.

1. An person's environmental exposures; including, the prenatal environment of individuals.
2. A proposed term and field of study of disease-causing effects of environmental factors; also featuring the "nurture" component of "nature versus nurture".
externally powered prosthetics (noun) (a plural form used as a singular)
Any body part substitution in which a small electric motor has been incorporated for the purpose of providing force to control various functions: Externally powered prosthetics have components that are moved by special medical machines and powered by batteries.
People whose strong admiration for something is extreme and unreasonable.
Fanatics are people who keep only one thing on their minds or their minds on only one thing; or people who go through life with closed minds and uncontrollably open mouths.
—John Rayoa
faunistics (used as singular) (pl) (noun)
1. The study of all or part of the animal species of a particular locality or region.
2. The classification of animals
fiber optics, optical fiber
A branch of optical technology dealing with systems that transmit light signals and images over short, and long, distances through the use of optical fibers (transparent, hair-thin strands of glass or plastic).

These fibers have a wide range of applications; such as, in the transmission of computer data, telephone messages, and other communications.

Flexible material of glass, or plastic, that transmits light along its course by reflecting it from the side or wall of the fiber.

Use of this principle permits transmission of light, and therefore visual images, around sharp curves and corners.

Devices that use fiberoptic materials are useful in endoscopic examinations.

1. The study of the number, distribution, and relationships of plant species in one or more areas.
2. A branch of botany that is occupied with the types, numbers, distribution, and relationships of plant species in a particular area or areas.
fluid dynamics
The scientific study of fluids in motion; such as, gases and liquids.
fluid mechanics
1. The scientific study of the mechanical properties of fluids (gases and liquids) in motion or at rest, including the observation, description, and mathematical computation of the behavior of fluids.
2. The experimental and mathematical-computational study of the mechanical behavior of fluids.

Fluid mechanics includes the transfer of heat and matter resulting from motion of the fluid, and the driving of the fluid motion due to differences in density which may be induced by temperature, as well as the effects due to temperature dependency of the constants of materials; for example, the viscosity.

3. The study of fluids and gases at rest and in motion which can be divided into hydrostatics, the behavior of liquids at rest; hydrodynamics, the behavior of liquids in motion; and aerodynamics, the behavior of gases in motion.

Hydrostatics takes into account the forces exerted by a liquid in all directions, not just the downward gravitational pull; such as, the upward force exerted on a submerged object that causes bouyancy.

Hydrodynamics is the study of fluid flow and fluid friction, or viscosity.

Aerodynamics is the study of the motion of gases which is most often applied to the study of air and the motion of solid bodies in it.

—Excerpts from "Fluid Mechanics", Encyclopedia of Science and Technology;
Routledge; New York; 2001; page 200.