Want Our App?

Language Arts Lessons

Useful Word Lists

Help and Information

Articles

 

High School Biology

Biology Word Lists
Anatomy 3 lists
Body Plan 1 list
Body Systems 1 list
Cell Biology 1 list
Cell Biology - Membranes 2 lists
Cell Biology - Parts of the Cell 1 list
Cell Biology - Plant Cells 1 list
Cell Biology - Proteins 2 lists
Earth 1 list
Ecology 3 lists
Ecology - Trophic Levels 2 lists
Embryology 2 lists
Environmental Hazards 1 list
Environmental Science 1 list
Evolution 2 lists
Genetics - DNA 3 lists
Genetics 3 lists
Matter 1 list
Energy 1 list
Microbiology 1 list
Physiology 1 list
Scientific Inquiry 3 lists
Taxonomy 2 lists


Anatomy
Anatomy - List 1 of 3
Anatomy - List 2 of 3
Anatomy - List 3 of 3
* You must be logged in to import a list to your account.
Body Plan
Body Plan - List 1 of 1
* You must be logged in to import a list to your account.
Body Systems
Body Systems - List 1 of 1
* You must be logged in to import a list to your account.
Cell Biology
Cell Biology - List 1 of 1
* You must be logged in to import a list to your account.
Cell Biology - Membranes
Cell Biology - Membranes - List 1 of 2
Cell Biology - Membranes - List 2 of 2
* You must be logged in to import a list to your account.
Cell Biology - Parts of the Cell
Cell Biology - Parts of the Cell - List 1 of 1
* You must be logged in to import a list to your account.
Cell Biology - Plant Cells
Cell Biology - Plant Cells - List 1 of 1
* You must be logged in to import a list to your account.
Cell Biology - Proteins
Cell Biology - Proteins - List 1 of 2
Cell Biology - Proteins - List 2 of 2
* You must be logged in to import a list to your account.
Earth
Earth - List 1 of 1
* You must be logged in to import a list to your account.
Ecology
Ecology - List 1 of 3
Ecology - List 2 of 3
Ecology - List 3 of 3
* You must be logged in to import a list to your account.
Ecology - Trophic Levels
Ecology - Trophic Levels - List 1 of 2
Ecology - Trophic Levels - List 2 of 2
* You must be logged in to import a list to your account.
Embryology
Embryology - List 1 of 2
Embryology - List 2 of 2
* You must be logged in to import a list to your account.
Environmental Hazards
Environmental Hazards - List 1 of 1
* You must be logged in to import a list to your account.
Environmental Science
Environmental Science - List 1 of 1
* You must be logged in to import a list to your account.
Evolution
Evolution - List 1 of 2
Evolution - List 2 of 2
* You must be logged in to import a list to your account.
Genetics - DNA
Genetics - DNA - List 1 of 3
Genetics - DNA - List 2 of 3
Genetics - DNA - List 3 of 3
* You must be logged in to import a list to your account.
Genetics
Genetics - List 1 of 3
Genetics - List 2 of 3
Genetics - List 3 of 3
* You must be logged in to import a list to your account.
Matter
Matter - List 1 of 1
* You must be logged in to import a list to your account.
Energy
Energy - List 1 of 1
* You must be logged in to import a list to your account.
Microbiology
Microbiology - List 1 of 1
* You must be logged in to import a list to your account.
Physiology
Physiology - List 1 of 1
* You must be logged in to import a list to your account.
Scientific Inquiry
Scientific Inquiry - List 1 of 3
Scientific Inquiry - List 2 of 3
Scientific Inquiry - List 3 of 3
* You must be logged in to import a list to your account.
Taxonomy
Taxonomy - List 1 of 2
Taxonomy - List 2 of 2
* You must be logged in to import a list to your account.

Science Vocabulary Lists
By Grade
Kindergarten Science Words
1st Grade Science Words
2nd Grade Science Words
3rd Grade Science Words
4th Grade Science Words
5th Grade Science Words
6th Grade Science Words
7th Grade Science Words
8th Grade Science Words
High School Science Words

Biology is the study of life. Just as life itself comes in many forms and sizes, biology is taught on many levels within the high school science curriculum. Whether in introductory biology 101 classes or advanced placement biology courses, high school biology is greatly enhanced with hands-on lab activities. However, this only compounds the sheer number of biology vocabulary words students encounter.

The exploration of each life form comes with a new set of structures, functions, and descriptors, and each is necessarily expressed by a new word or altered definition. Unlike high school biology books which introduce a plethora of words in each chapter, the comprehensive biology word lists below are presented in digestible sections.

The corresponding engaging and enjoyable online biology vocabulary activities and games allow students to review and retain high school biology terms and concepts. Fortification of the biology terminology via VocabularySpellingCity's printable worksheets empowers students to see past intimidating words and explore the wide open world of biology. These biology vocabulary lists cover all levels of high school biology instruction and aim to help students to develop a love of learning for life!

Return to Science Vocabulary Overview.


Biology Vocabulary
Words at a Glance

High School Biology

Anatomy: bone marrow, joint, ligament, tendon, gastrovascular cavity, brain, hypothalamus, nerve, neurons, endocrine system, brain stem, cerebellum, cerebrum, dendrites, motor neuron, reflex, sensory neuron, spinal cord, synapse, thalamus, alveolus, capillary, cardiovascular, diaphragm, endocrine gland, heart, muscle tissue, placenta, valve, lungs

Body Plan: asymmetrical, bilateral symmetry, body cavity, body plan, cell, organ, organ system, tissue, curve, nervous system

Body Systems: central nervous system, circulatory system , closed circulatory system, muscular system, open circulatory system, reproductive system, nervous tissue, peripheral nervous system, connective tissue, lymph

Cell Biology: cytoskeleton, vesicle, lysosome, ribosome, cellular respiration, exocytosis, flagellum, meiosis, mitosis, multicellular

Cell Biology - Membranes: concentration gradient, diffusion, hypertonic, hypotonic, isotonic, neurotransmitter, osmosis, passive transport, receptor, receptor protein, active site, resting potential, sodium-potassium pump, target cell, membrane potential

Cell Biology - Parts of the Cell: vacuole, cell membrane, chromosome, cilium, endoplasmic reticulum, golgi apparatus, mitochondrion, nucleus, organelle, cytoplasm

Cell Biology - Plant Cells: cell wall, chloroplast, chlorophyll, photosynthesis, vacuole, biology, pigment, cell

Cell Biology - Proteins: protein, protein synthesis, ribosome, exocytosis, mitochondrion, amino acid, ATP, enzyme, transcription, translation, ribosomal RNA, RNA, RNA polymerase, transfer RNA, messenger RNA, mitochondrial DNA

Earth: pangea, plate, tectonics, fossil record, gradualism, isolation, paleontology, divergence, coevolution, nutrient cycle

Ecology: abiotic, biodiversity, ecological succession, ecology, nitrogen cycle, transpiration, biotic, competition, biome, population model, aggregation, behavior, population density, biological sucession, colonial organism, dispersion, dynamic equilibrium, exponential growth, homeostasis, pioneer species, carrying capacity, population, nitrogen fixation, population growth curve , population size, adaptation, logistic model, niche, primary succession, secondary succession

Ecology - Trophic Levels: autotroph, energy pyramid, food web, heterotroph, parasitism, predation, trophic level, mutualism, primary consumer, secondary consumer, symbiosis, biomass, food chain, herbivore, omnivore, parasite, predator, competition, producer, commensalism

Embryology: blastula, ectoderm, endoderm, fertilization, gestation period. meiosis, mesoderm, mitosis, reproduction, gamete, zygote, differentiation, external fertilization, hermaphrodite, homologous structures, internal fertilization, ovum, placenta, reproductive system, sexual reproduction

Environmental Hazards: acid rain, biological magnification, CFC, factor, fossil fuel, greenhouse effect, nonrenewable,renewable resource, CO2, sulfuric acid

Environmental Science: coal, aquifer, biogeochemical cycles, climate, global warming, greenhouse gas, ozone, resource, substrate, smog

Evolution: analogous structures, competition, convergent , directional selection, divergent, evolution, gene, genetic drift, nonrandom mating, speciation, Charles Darwin, competitive exclusion, convergent evolution, differentiation, divergent evolution, gene flow, natural selection, sexual selection, stabilizing selection, reproductive behavior

Genetics - DNA: autosome, sex chromosome, DNA, DNA polymerase, DNA replication, allele, genetic diversity, gene, RNA, nucleic acid, nucleotide, complementary base pair, crossing-over, codon, base-pairing rules, deoxyribose, homologous chromosome, cloning , genome, double helix, clone, genetic code, karyotype, homologous

Genetics: autosome, sex chromosome, DNA, DNA polymerase, DNA replication, allele, genetic diversity, gene, RNA, nucleic acid, nucleotide, complementary base pair, crossing-over, codon, base-pairing rules, deoxyribose, homologous chromosome, cloning , genome, double helix, clone, genetic code, karyotype, homologous

Matter: acid, atom, base, catalyst, compound, covalent bond, ion, ionic bond, element, solution

Energy: cellular respiration, ATP, mitochondria, photosynthesis, glycolysis, glucose, metabolism, chlorophyll, Krebs cycle, electron transport chain

Microbiology: aerobic, anaerobic, binary fission, asexual reproduction, eukaryote, exponential growth, fermentation, plankton, prokaryote, protist

Physiology: carbohydrates, catalyst, enzyme, glycolysis, hormone, lipid, metabolism, protein, respiration, Physiology

Scientific Inquiry: dependent variable, electron microscope, genetic engineering, independent variable, plasmid, recombinant DNA, scanning tunneling microscope, transformation, vector, pathogen, cell theory, electrophoresis, human genome project, light microscope, observation, prediction, resolution, scientific method, transgenic animal, virulent, control group, DNA, gene cloning, hypothesis, magnification, pH, probe, restriction enzyme, theory, vaccine

Taxonomy: analogous, binomial nomenclature, biodiversity, ectothermic, taxonomy, exoskeleton, hydrostatic skeleton, invertebrate, vertebrate, analogous structures, class, family, genus, Linnean taxonomy, order, phylum, species, subspecies


 
VocabularySpellingCity® is a registered trademark.
Premium Activities

Sorry, this activity is available to Premium Members only.

If you are a Premium Member, click here to log in to your account.

Want to know about Premium Membership? Just $29.99/yr for a family or $49.99/yr for a classroom. Learn more

Sorry. This feature is available
to Premium Members only.

Click here to upgrade to a Premium Membership

Learn more about this and other Premium features available to teachers at $49.99/yr per classroom or to families at $29.99/year