Classics Department Chair Coins New Scientific Term

Author: Brigid O'Keefe

Associate professor and chair of the Classics Department, Luca Grillo, working with a team of researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, has developed a new scientific term: in fimo. The term refers to excrement that has been examined experimentally. In developing the term, Professor Grillo analyzed the histories and connotations of four different Latin words- laetamen, merda, stercus, and fimus- before landing on fimus. To read more about Professor Grillo's research and why he selected fimus, see the College of Arts and Letters' article and the proposal published in the journal Gastroenterology.