Were these Star Trek terms taken from science or made up for the show?

Are they science fiction or science fact?

Star Trek has had a profound affect not just on science fiction but on real science as well. The original series inspired a generation of people to become scientists and inventors. Even certain elements of the series have now become reality.

Part of Gene Roddenberry’s genius was weaving real scientific theories and terms with fictional technologies. This combination makes the world of the show feel real but also fun and interesting.

Can you guess which of the following terms are taken from science and which were completely made up just for the show?

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  1. Event horizon
  2. Stardate
  3. Antimatter
  4. Holodeck
  5. Pon farr
  6. Iridium
  7. Dilithium
  8. Ion propulsion
  9. Delta rays
  10. Xenopolycythemia
  11. Baryon
  12. Scalosian water
  13. Protoplasm
  14. Tetralubisol
  15. Gravimetric
  16. Tachyon
  17. Quadrotriticale

Were these Star Trek terms taken from science or made up for the show?

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CaptainDunsel 14 days ago
The bartender says, "Get out of here! We don't serve your kind."
Two tachyons walk into a bar.
wanderer2575 18 days ago
If Star Trek: Voyager taught us anything, it's that you can solve any problem by sending a tachyon beam through the main deflector dish.
LOL! Now that's funny!
Neodana 19 days ago
17/17 used to be able to recite verbatim every TOS episode
batman 20 days ago
Favorite show like growing up with friends
EmBee 23 days ago
If it's hypothetical and not known to actually exist...doesn't that make it fictional?
Pacificsun 25 days ago
17. There was a "Making of The Trouble with Tribbles" episode book including David Gerrold, the writer. I thought triticale was a real grain. Of course they added Quadro.

2. How can stardate not be a real word.
sandman 25 days ago
13/17. My wife “Klingon Head” 14/17
Mavywavy 25 days ago
15/17 and I’ve never watched one episode.
MaryAnn 25 days ago
8/17 I have never watched an episode of Star Trek.
SashaPayneDiaz MaryAnn 20 days ago
Too bad! I'll bet the Professor watches all the time.
frenchman71 25 days ago
14/17. Not too bad since I'm a huge "TreK" fan. But I never got into "The Next Generation" or "Deep Space Nine". Star Trek in one of my 3 favorite TV shows along with "Barney Miller" & "Twilight Zone."
Evan 26 days ago
13/17 Quadrotriticale. Always thought that sounded goofy!
DavidBartholomew 26 days ago

The last question is tricky. Quadrotriticale is invented, but Tritriticale is real! 3 is a hybrid of wheat being grown today, so Sci-fi had to add on, making it a 4!!
That's what I thought, thank you!
Same story with dilithium. Lithium is real, but dilithium is fictional.

You should have heard me the day I started making up fictional chemical compounds like getrium trivorbacide, orthaxynol, and pantodorphic acid. I should hire myself out to name gasoline additives.
CaptainDunsel daDoctah 14 days ago
Ever heard of Thiotimoline?
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