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July 28, 2016

English Vocabulary in 365 Days - Lesson 33

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Hello everyone, in our Lesson 32, we learnt about the prefix HyperHyper represent the meanings excessive; over; aboveToday we shall see the prefix hypo. Happy Reading :)

Day 33 : Hypo

  • hypo - under; below normal
Let's try to understand this with some examples
  • hypodermic (noun) = an injection under the skin
    • hypo - Prefix = under
    • derm (derma) - Root = skin
    • ic - Suffix = connected with
  • hypothetical (adjective) = imagined but not necessarily real or true 
    • hypo (hupo) - Prefix = under
    • thet - Root = subject 
    • ical - Suffix = connected with
Let's have a look at some more words with hypo prefixes, for better understanding
  • hypothesis = guesses and ideas that are not based on certain knowledge 
  • hypoglycaemia = the condition of having too low a level of blood sugar
  • hypothermia = condition of having a ‘low’ body temperature
  • hypoventilation = a breathing ‘under’ the normal rate
  • hypochondriac = one who is ’under’estimating his current health status as poorer than it really is
  • hypocrisy = behaviour in which someone claims to have certain moral principles or beliefs but behaves in a way that shows they are not sincere
  • hypothyroidism = disease when the thyroid gland is functioning ‘under’ its normal output of thyroxine
  • hypotenuse = side of a right triangle that is stretched ‘under’ the right angle
  • hypocritical = being ‘under’ critical of oneself when pretending to be something one is not
Home Work :

Try to guess the meanings of the following elements.
  1. -alter
  2. -cede
  3. -anim
  4. -creat
a. other
b. to produce
c. breathe
d. go

Try to match the above elements with given meanings.  Solve it on your own and

That's all for today guys..... Thank you :)

You can read Old Lessons of this series from here
Shraboni Chakraborty
Asstt. Professor
English and Foreign Languages University,

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