Notes on the use of Greek word roots in genus and species names of prokaryotes

Aharon Oren*, Peter Vandamme, Bernhard Schink

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This paper provides a survey of the ways in which Greek words and word roots have been used in the nomenclature of prokaryotes and explores the extent to which the different uses agree with the wording of the International Code of Nomenclature of Prokaryotes. We here give recommendations on how to use Greek words and word roots in new genus names and specific epithets so that the resulting names are in agreement both with the rules of Greek grammar and with Principle 3 of the Code.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number001063
Pages (from-to)2129-2140
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2016

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  • Greek
  • Latin
  • Latinization
  • Names
  • Nomenclature


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