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Irregular or variable:poikilocyte.
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WORDS THAT USE POIKILO-

What does poikilo- mean?​

Poikilo- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “irregular” or “variable.” It is used in a few scientific terms, including in medicine and biology.

Poikilo- comes from the Greek poikílos, meaning “multicolored” or “variegated.”

Examples of poikilo-

One example of a scientific term that features the combining form poikilo- is poikilotherm, also known as an ectotherm. A poikilotherm is “an organism, such as a fish or reptile, having a body temperature that varies with the temperature of its surroundings.”

The combining form poikilo- means “variable,” as we’ve seen. The -therm portion of the word means “heat,” from the Greek thérmē. Poikilotherm literally translates to “variable heat.”

What are some words that use the combining form poikilo-?

What are some other forms that poikilo- may be commonly confused with?

Break it down!

A poikilocyte is an abnormally shaped red blood cell. Given that the combining form -cyte means “cell” and poikilo- can mean “irregular,” what does poikilocyte literally translate to?

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