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.

autohagiographer (s) (noun), autohagiographers (pl)
Someone who speaks or writes in a smug or self-aggrandizing way about his or her life or accomplishments.

Said to be coined by Bernard Lewis, professor emeritus at Princeton University.

autohagiography (s) (noun), autohagiographies (pl)
1. A self-aggrandizing writing about one's own life or accomplishments.
2. A "reverently-written" presentation about one's own life and achievements.
automatograph (s) (noun), automatographs (pl)
Any apparatus or instrument for recording automatic or involuntary bodily movements.
autopathography (s) (noun), autopathographies (pl)
A written account of an illness prepared by the affected patient: Mr. Smith had a strong urge to write an autopathography, describing the symptoms and effects his illness had on the rest of his life.
autoradiograph (s) (noun), autoradiographs (pl)
1. An image of the distribution and concentration of radioactivity in a tissue or other substance made by placing a photographic emulsion on the surface of, or in close proximity to, the substance.
2. An image recorded on a photographic film or plate produced by the radiation emitted from a specimen; such as, a section of tissue, which has been treated or injected with a radioactively labeled isotope or that has absorbed or ingested; such an, isotope.
autoradiography (s) (noun), autoradiographies (pl)
A technique using X- ray film to visualize the molecules or fragments of molecules that have been radioactively labeled. Autoradiography has many applications in the laboratory.

Autoradiography can, for example, be used to analyze the length and number of DNA fragments after they are separated from one another by a method called gel electrophoresis.

auxanographic (adjective), more auxanographic, most auxanographic
Auxanographic is a reference to a method of studying the effects and interactions of various substances in promoting or inhibiting the growth of micro-organisms, by inducing diffusion gradients of the substances in agar plates on which the micro-organisms are grown.
auxanography (s) (noun), auxanographies (pl)
Auxanography is a method for determining the appropriate culture medium for growing a particular strain of microorganisms.
auxograph (s) (noun), auxographs (pl)
An auxograph is an instrument that records variations in the volume or degree of loudness of sounds.
axonography (s) (noun), axonographies (pl)
The recording of electrical changes in axons. Also: electroaxonography.
azygography (s) (noun), azygographies (pl)
Radiography or a radiographic examination of the aygos venous system following its opacification with contrast material; usually employed for evaluation of abnormal tumor masses in the mediastinum, as evidenced by extrinsic pressure upon, or complete obstruction of, the visualized azygos vein.
ballistocardiiography (s) (noun), ballistocardiiographies (pl)
Ballistocardiography is a technique for producing a graphical representation of repetitive motions of the human body arising from the sudden injection of blood into the great vessels with each heart beat.
ballistocardiograph (s) (noun), ballistocardiographs (pl)
1.The graphic recording of movements of the body imparted by ballistic forces or the cardiac contraction and ejection of blood, ventricular filling, acceleration, and deceleration of blood flow through the great vessels.

These minute movements or ballistocardiographs are amplified and recorded on a moving paper chart after being translated into an electrical potential by a pickup device.

2. An instrument for recording the movements of the body caused by ejection of blood from the ventricles at each beat of the heart.
ballistocardiographic (adjective), more ballistocardiographic, most ballistocardiographic
1. A reference to an instrument for recording the movements of the body which are caused by rejection of blood from the ventricles at each beat of the heart.
3. A descriptive term for the study and interpretation of ballistocardiograms.
balneography (s) (noun), balneographies (pl)
A written description about different forms of baths or bathings.

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