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The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby thecommabandit » Sun Mar 09, 2008 5:30 pm UTC

In a similar vein to the "Silly Namings from Science" thread, what's the most ridiculously sciency-sounding word or phrase you've come across? When discussing carbonate ions in my chemistry class we came across "resonance hybrids" and the teacher proclaimed that he preferred "nucleophilicity".

... I can't exactly think of anything else. But I'm sure you can!
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby bippy » Sun Mar 09, 2008 5:39 pm UTC

Xiphoid process

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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby Minchandre » Sun Mar 09, 2008 5:45 pm UTC

Bioelectromagnetics. Nothing sounds super-science-y like sticking science-y words together.

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Postby Ended » Sun Mar 09, 2008 8:55 pm UTC

Ok, not really a single word, but these descriptions of three different scientific models of the universe gave me an ABSWTF* moment. Bonus points if you can identify the models in question!

1. Curves in R4 minimizing the Newtonian action.

2. A 3+1-dimensional pseudo-Riemannian manifold with tensor fields obeying partial differential equations of, say, Einstein-Maxwell-theory with a perfect fluid component.

3. Operator-valued fields on R4 obeying certain Lorentz-invariant partial differential equations and commutation relationships, acting on an abstract Hilbert space.

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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby antonfire » Sun Mar 09, 2008 10:10 pm UTC

Classical mechanics, GR, and QFT?
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby jmorgan3 » Sun Mar 09, 2008 10:38 pm UTC

anisotropic
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby BlackSails » Sun Mar 09, 2008 10:43 pm UTC

Gauss-Jordan Elimination
Stress-energy tensor

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Postby ICDB » Sun Mar 09, 2008 10:51 pm UTC

Phasors

(ptew! ptew!)

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Postby Ended » Sun Mar 09, 2008 10:56 pm UTC

I see your Phasor, and raise you Phonon.

antonfire wrote:Classical mechanics, GR, and QFT?
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby Actaeus » Sun Mar 09, 2008 11:17 pm UTC

What about pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis?

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L. Caseii Imunitas(TM)

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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby squark » Mon Mar 10, 2008 7:08 am UTC

endo-β-N-acetylglucosaminidase. And many other enzyme names as well.

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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby sigsfried » Mon Mar 10, 2008 12:53 pm UTC

magnetohydrodynamics

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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby evilbeanfiend » Mon Mar 10, 2008 2:30 pm UTC

anything from a shampoo advert :roll:
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby Shadowfish » Mon Mar 10, 2008 5:00 pm UTC

Magnetocrystalline anisotropy.
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Postby rrwoods » Mon Mar 10, 2008 7:05 pm UTC

I'm a fan of "deoxyribonucleic", personally. "Exabyte" is up there too.
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Postby Sour Apple » Mon Mar 10, 2008 7:09 pm UTC

Oh, damn, I was just about to go with the above elongated version of DNA. Acronyms are a godsend.
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby Korandder » Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:00 pm UTC

I like the word nucleosynthesis.
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby BirdLauncher » Mon Mar 10, 2008 10:22 pm UTC

Can we count acronyms that are actually several words? Then HSQC, heteronuclear single quantum coherence, although I'm not sure if it counts as more or less sciencey-sounding because I don't really understand how it works.

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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby Dobblesworth » Tue Mar 11, 2008 12:39 am UTC

Tachyon's quite nice and sciencey I reckon.

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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby Zohar » Tue Mar 11, 2008 10:13 am UTC

Quantum flux.
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby jmorgan3 » Tue Mar 11, 2008 4:24 pm UTC

jmorgan3 wrote:anisotropic

Shadowfish wrote:Magnetocrystalline anisotropy.


I bow to your superior sciencey wordliness.
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby Robin S » Tue Mar 11, 2008 4:35 pm UTC

Actaeus wrote:What about pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis?
That's not a real word.
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby gmalivuk » Tue Mar 11, 2008 7:11 pm UTC

Robin S wrote:
Actaeus wrote:What about pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis?
That's not a real word.

Well, it kind of is. Now. But it's less a word that any scientist would use in an actual medical setting than it is a fanciful word used by people who like to talk about impractically long words.
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby Actaeus » Tue Mar 11, 2008 7:18 pm UTC

It's a hack on the system. It has a real meaning and is in some dictionaries, but was created to be the longest word. It means, essentially, silicosis.

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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby yy2bggggs » Wed Mar 12, 2008 4:23 am UTC

Randomly, I offer:

dark current
diplomatics (aka, forensic palaeography).
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby aseroto » Wed Mar 12, 2008 3:45 pm UTC

Sonic Hedgehog Gene
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby kalma » Wed Mar 12, 2008 5:45 pm UTC

Anything with "Quantum" on it. It has the added bonus that even when talking to other Sciencey people, you can say "Ah, yeah, but then you have the quantum corrections" as a get-out-of-an-argument-gone-wrong card. Disclaimer: may not work with Physicists.

On a side note, I always find it amusing that you can always tell who got (well, the gist of it at least, if you take Feynmann's word for it that nobody gets it) of Quantum Physics by the surreptitious groans or muffled howls of pain they let out whenever the word "Quantum" pops out. In fact, if I wish someone comes up with something along the lines of Quantum Quantodynamics and revel as everyone refers to it as "that thing".

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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby taby » Wed Mar 12, 2008 7:46 pm UTC

Phenomenology

Usually spoken to the cadence of the Muppet Show song (mena mena... duh duh duh duh duh... mena mena... duh duh duh duh)

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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby Master Gunner » Wed Mar 12, 2008 9:09 pm UTC

Not exactly one word, but:
Observation of Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen Entanglement on Supraquantum Structures by Induction Through Nonlinear Transuranic Crystal of Extremely Long Wavelength (ELW) Pulse from Mode-Locked Source Array.

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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby ATCG » Wed Mar 12, 2008 11:31 pm UTC

Two personal favorites:

spontaneous symmetry breaking
electroweak-Higgs unification

Double score when worked into the same sentence.
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Postby Mr. Beck » Thu Mar 13, 2008 12:29 am UTC

Psycoceramics.

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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby Vanguard » Thu Mar 13, 2008 12:36 am UTC

Electromagnetism.

Hell, it's even awesome to say.
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby Actaeus » Thu Mar 13, 2008 12:48 am UTC

Pseudopodia?
If I found a city, I'm naming it "Pseudopodia". Or Actaeuia so nobody knows how to pronounce it.

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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby ducksan » Thu Mar 13, 2008 4:46 pm UTC

evilbeanfiend wrote:anything from a shampoo advert :roll:


If you can pronounce everything on the ingredient list, you win a prize. Even chemists might have a bit of trouble. >_>
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Postby joecentric » Thu Mar 13, 2008 8:04 pm UTC

Transuranic
Bolide
Biomimetic

Perhaps not the most sciencey, but they're definitely personal favorites. There's something about certain words, you know? Like "beverage," for instance; it just has a certain je ne se qua.


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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby cypherspace » Thu Mar 13, 2008 10:11 pm UTC

Shadowfish wrote:Magnetocrystalline anisotropy.
Hoorah! My area of research.

Quantum Chromodynamics, anyone?
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby taby » Thu Mar 13, 2008 11:48 pm UTC

joecentric wrote:Transuranic
Bolide
Biomimetic

Perhaps not the most sciencey, but they're definitely personal favorites. There's something about certain words, you know? Like "beverage," for instance; it just has a certain je ne se qua.


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"Je ne sais quoi". ;)

Re: The word 'beverage'... I know exactly what you mean! "Je sais", so to speak. :)

The word 'biomimetic' reminds me of the title of a book called 'Biomimicry'. Cool words!

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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby Eschatokyrios » Fri Mar 14, 2008 12:42 am UTC

cypherspace wrote:
Shadowfish wrote:Magnetocrystalline anisotropy.
Hoorah! My area of research.

Quantum Chromodynamics, anyone?


I was just about to post the very phrase! (damn you for stealing my thunder! :))

"electroweak" and anything hyphenated to the word "electroweak" is good too.



And on the math side of things, it's not in common usage but I really think that the characteristic equation of a matrix should be called the eigenpolynomial. Seriously, "eigenpolynomial" just sounds badass.
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby Malbert » Fri Mar 14, 2008 2:07 am UTC

Spectrophotometer.

Electrolysis.
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