What you need to know about CRISPR | Ellen Jorgensen

Important Vocabulary Words From The Video


Woolly is a word that is used to describe something that is fuzzy or soft. Woolly things can be difficult to see or understand, and they usually have a lot of sentimental value.

  • The woolly sweater is very soft and warm.
  • The woolly lamb is a cute and fuzzy animal.

To wipe something is to clean it. You might wipe the table clean after you've eaten your dinner, or you might wipe the dirt off your shoes before you enter a house.

  • He wiped the sweat off his forehead with the back of his hand.
  • She wiped the tears from her eyes with the back of her hand.

When someone shoves someone, they push them violently. Sometimes shoving is used as a form of intimidation or to start a fight.

  • He shoved her, and she hit her head on the doorjamb.
  • He was shoved out of the way by the other person.

Homologous means that the two things are similar in some way. For example, the two legs on a human are homologous to the two wings on a butterfly.

  • The wings on the butterfly are homologous to the legs on the human.
  • The two halves of the cake are homologous.

A diploid is a plant or animal that is made up of two copies of the same chromosome. This means that the diploid has 46 chromosomes in total.

  • The diploid is a type of flower that is very rare.
  • The diploid is a type of fish that is very common.

To catalyze something is to make it happen faster or more easily. When the government started to catalyze the economy, they helped to speed up the process of businesses growing and creating jobs.

  • The company was unable to catalyze the growth of their business, which is why they are struggling.
  • The teacher was able to catalyze the students into participating in the class by using humor.

To shove someone is to push them violently. You might shove someone if you are angry, or if you want them to move away from you.

  • He was shoved to the ground when he tried to stop the thief.
  • She was shoved and her phone was thrown into the crowd.

A vat is a large container that is used to hold liquids. Sometimes it is used to hold oil, but it is more common to use it to hold water.

  • The factory was using the vats to hold the oil.
  • The vats were used to water the plants.

When you say something is flashier, you mean that it is more exciting or appealing. Sometimes the word is used to describe things that are more expensive or more dramatic.

  • The party was more flashier than the one last week.
  • The movie was more flashy than the one I saw last month.