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Poll: What's your favorite funny biology word?
Mastication
11 (21.6%)
Proboscis
2 (3.9%)
Gamete
2 (3.9%)
Hematoma
6 (11.8%)
Coccyx
18 (35.3%)
Bolus
8 (15.7%)
Other
4 (7.8%)
Total Voters: 51  
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bio_man bio_man
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A year ago
As a biologist, you either either sound very smart, funny, or both. Here are some words that are thrown around in biology classes quite a lot; whether you're taking a class in biology, anatomy or any other branch of biology, chances are you've heard or used these words.

Mastication: To chew

Proboscis: The nose of a mammal or elongated sucking mouthpart

Gamete: A reproductive cell, such as a sperm cell or egg

Hematoma: A solid swelling of clotted blood within the tissues

Coccyx: Tailbone

Bolus: A ball-like mixture of food and saliva that forms in the mouth during the process of chewing

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wrote...
A year ago
Hahaha bolus sounds so funny
If you're not having fun, you're not learning Slight Smile
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A year ago
I have always loved the word mastication ever since I read Gulp Adventurers on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach and learned about the interesting parts of digestion. Bolus is a fun word too.
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