Biology terminology

Biology is fascinating, important, and can be super fun. If you like to learn about biology, test yourself on some of these basic terms and definitions.
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What is the name for an animal that doesn't have a backbone?
Invertebrate
What is the name for an animal that eats other animals?
Carnivore
The name of what type of animal means 'Both ways of life'? (Hint: they can live in both on land and in water).
Amphibian
What is the word for when one species benefits at the expense of another species, without killing it?
Parasitism
What word describes organisms that live on dead or decomposed matter?
Saprophytic
What word describes an organism that prefer high temperatures?
Thermophile
Not all microorganisms are bad, some are even beneficial, but what is the name for a microbe that specifically causes disease?
Pathogen
What is the name of an animal that does not cause disease itself but transmits disease causing microbes?
Vector
What type of blood vessels carry blood away from the heart?
Arteries
What is the opposite of 'ventral'?
Dorsal
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Many animals produce poison, but what is the name for poison that an animal specifically injects into another through biting or stinging?
Venom
What is the name for an organism that is both male and female?
Hermaphrodite
What word is used to describe a species where male and female are separate?
Diecious
'Erythrocyte' is the proper word for what?
Red blood cell
What word describes animals that lay eggs?
Oviparous
What word describes animals that give birth to live young?
Viviparous
What type of mollusc are slugs and snails? (Hint: the name literally means 'Stomach foot').
Gastropod
What is the word for an organism that can produce its own energy (such as from light or chemicals)?
Autotroph
What is the word for an organism that has to obtain its energy from elsewhere?
Heterotroph
What are the wing-like lobes on the end of a whale's tail called?
Flukes
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Level 67
Dec 23, 2018
very tough, but very nice. (somehow amphibian didnt accept, I must have written amphibious or very likely amfibian I allways forget english uses ph for f often)
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Level 69
Dec 23, 2018
Thank you, I can edit to accept amphibious.
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Level 33
Aug 2, 2020
I knew much more than my ability to spell allowed me to achieve, but a good tough quiz.