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Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

sarc(o)-

Flesh or fleshy tissue; muscle.

[Greek sarx, sarc-, flesh.]

A sarcoma is a malignant tumour of certain soft tissues; sarcoidosis is a chronic disease which causes lymph nodes in many parts of the body to enlarge; the sarcolemma (Greek, from lepein, to peel) is the fine transparent tubular sheath which envelops the fibres of skeletal muscles; a sarcomere (Greek meros, part) is a structural part of striated muscle. Sarcophagus, a stone coffin, derives from the same root (Greek sarkophagos, flesh-consuming, from -phagos, eating) because the stone was believed to consume the flesh of the corpse within it, as does sarcasm, the use of irony to mock or convey contempt (Greek sarkazein, tear flesh).

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