-etic, -etics

(Greek: -etikos, an adjective suffix meaning "pertaining to, of the nature of" for nouns ending in -esis)

Also athermic.
archeokinetic (adjective) (not comparable)
An outdated term denoting or relating to a primitive type of motor nerve mechanism: such as is found in the peripheral and the ganglionic nervous systems: The archeokinetic region in a person's body is found in the ganglionic and peripheral nervous systems.
arthrokinetic (adjective), more arthrokinetic, most arthrokinetic
Characteristic of the movements of the body's connecting junctions: The remarkable arthrokinetic movements of Jack, the long distance runner, were recorded on film so future runners could study his techniques.
ascetic (s) (noun), ascetics (pl)
1. The practice of self-denial or severe self-discipline for religious reasons: Historians report that many of the early Christian leaders were extreme ascetics who denied themselves normal physical pleasures and dedicated their lives to serving God.
2. A person who renounces material comforts and leads a life of austere self-discipline; especially, as an act of religious devotion: There have been ascetics who have devoted their lives to God with prayer, fasting, and consecration or solemn commitment to helping those who were in need of spiritual and physical help.
3. Etymology: used since about 1646, from Greek asketikos, "rigorously self-disciplined", from asketes, "monk, hermit"; from askein, "to exercise, to train"; originally, "to train for athletic competition, to practice gymnastics, to exercise".

The noun meaning "one of the early Christians who retired to the desert to live solitary lives of meditation and prayer" is from 1673.

Ascetic actually goes back to Greek asketes, "an athlete in training". The Greek word for athletic training is askesis, and from it we get ascesis, which means "rigorous self-discipline" or "training".

Very much the same thing is denoted by "asceticism", which was first used in English by Sir Thomas Browne in 1646.

A person who devotes himself or herself to religious activities.
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asyndetic (adjective), more asyndetic, most asyndetic
A reference to or characterized by the omission of conjunctions in sentence constructions in which they would normally be used: Harry's mother prepared him for life with honesty, with a good education, with self-respect; which illustrates an asyndetic element by leaving out "and with self-respect".
athletic (adjective), more athletic, most athletic
1. Characterized by or involving physical activity or exertion; active: "She had an athletic lifestyle for most of her life."
2. Physically strong and well-developed; muscular: "Brent was an actor with an athletic physique."
1. Self-generation.
2. Origination within the organism.
Of or relating to voluntary activity or movement.
bathylimnetic (adjective) (not comparable)
Relating to an organism that lives in the deep-water zone of a lake or marsh: Most bathylimnetic creatures are scavengers, such as catfish and crabs that thrive on dead animals that fall to the bottom of a lake, and in addition, fungi and bacteria help in the decomposition of the lifeless creatures in the bottom area.
bibliogenesis (s) (noun), bibliogeneses (pl)
The art of producing and publishing books.

Sometimes it takes the publishing industry so long to produce books that it's no wonder so many are posthumous.

—Teressa Skelton
bibliothetic (adjective), more bibliothetic, most bibliothetic
Relating to the placing and arrangement of books on the shelves of a library.
bioelectrogenetic (adjective), bioelectrogenetics (pl)
A reference to the production of electricity by living organisms which usually refers to the electricity-generating ability in some aquatic creatures; such as, the electric eel, electric catfish, and to a lesser extent the black ghost knifefish.

The fish that utilize such bioelectrogenetic aspects often also possess electroreceptive abilities (which are more widespread) as part of an integrated electric system.

The bioelectrogenetic skills may be utilized for self-defense, electrocommunication, and with the stunning of prey.

A reference to the principle that all living organisms have derived from previously existing living organisms not through spontaneous generation.