Key Elements Used in Nutrition-Specific Words

Part of the Nutrition For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Use this table to help familiarise yourself with some of the language used within the subject of nutrition. Print it out and pin it up so you can refer back to it should you come across a word that needs further clarification.

Word Element Meaning
Amyl- starch
An- without
Anti- against
-ase an enzyme
Di- two
-aemia found in the blood
gastro- referring to the stomach
Gly- referring to sugars
Hydr-, hydro- water (also: hydrogen)
Hyper- above normal
Hypo- below normal
Lact-, lacti-, lacto- milk
Lip-, lipo- fat
Macro- large
Micro- very small
Mono- one
-ose sugar
Tri- three
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