Scanning the Word: Electroencephalographically

Unknown-3.jpegPeople are always trying to outdo each other when it comes to creating the longest word in English. Though it is not as grandiose as some of the other words out there, it is debatably the longest word found in a non-medical dictionary, consisting of an astounding 27 letters.

The word electroencephalographically, adapted from the practice known as electroencephalography, refers to the process of scanning and mapping the brain for electrical activity. The prefix electro-, refers of course to electricity; the root -encephalo- can be found in several other words and means brain; and the other root, -graph-, may apply to a drawing or mapping of something.


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