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The Facts on File dictionary of biology
Hine, Robert.
Third edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Facts On File, [1999]

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361 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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QH13 .F33 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material
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In this reference, more than 3000 entries cover basic biological terms and concepts as well as names of organs, biological processes, genera and species.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

These four titles all expand upon the second editions, released in 1988-89; each adds between 200 and 300 terms to keep the contents current, bringing the total number of entries up to approximately 3000 per volume. As in the previous editions, the definitions are concise and readable, targeted to the high school or undergraduate science student. Definitions range in length from a few lines in most cases to several paragraphs for more important or abstract terms. As with most technical dictionaries, etymological or pronunciation information is not provided, though line drawings enhance several of the definitions (approximately 50 per dictionary, double that in Mathematics). The use of British spellings, a drawback to the previous editions, has been eliminated here. Daintith, editor of three of the volumes, is a former research chemist in Great Britain. He is joined by Hine (life science editor of the Larousse Encyclopedia), science writer and editor Clark, and approximately a dozen contributors per dictionary. Each dictionary is supplemented by appropriate appendixes: taxonomic tables and amino acids (Biology); a periodic table, elemental information, fundamental particles, and constants (Chemistry); much the same for Physics; and conversion factors and useful symbols, formulae, and powers and roots (Mathematics). These are fine first references for the most common terms and concepts in their fields, filling a niche at the low-cost end of the market just above most concise subject dictionaries. Recommended for high school and undergraduate libraries.--Wade Lee, Univ. of Toledo Libs., OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

The third edition has been expanded to include new terminology from genetic engineering and other recent developments in biology (Dolly, for example, is mentioned under "clone"). Among several new or revised biology dictionaries published recently, Facts on File contains fewer terms but has more thorough definitions. Libraries wishing to cover biology will need to collect biology dictionaries from more than one publisher. Facts on File definitions are clear and concise, with occasional illustrations or tables for clarification and numerous cross-references. Most plants and animals are described only to the order or class level; more specialized dictionaries or encyclopedias need to be consulted for information at the family level and below. Recommended for academic, public, and special libraries. T. McKimmie; New Mexico State University



The Facts On File Dictionary of Biology is geared specifically to the needs of high school students. Keyed to school syllabuses, it defines every biological term and concept most people will ever need to know, in language that's easy to understand. Clear, concise, and informative Newly revised and expanded, The Facts On File Dictionary of Biology includes terms of general interest to the high school and general reader. It contains more than 3,000 entries and includes names of organs, biological processes, genera and species, as well as basic terms. More than 40 line drawings illustrate a wide range of biological structures, and extensive cross references make the Dictionary accessible and very easy to use. Over 200 new entries have been added, including: • Biodiversity • DNA fingerprinting • Gene library • Global warming • Human Genome Project • Prion • Plus, expanded coverage of advances in genetics, cell biology, and biochemistry. Excerpted from The Facts on File Dictionary of Biology All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.