I am deciding on a spelling of "tessellation composed of tetrahedra" to use in my thesis.
There are four choices I know of
- Tetrahedralization with 3,530 results on Google Scholar and 25,800 on Google.
- Tetrahedrization with 1,130 and 10,300.
- Tetrahedronization with 155 and 4,520.
- Tetrahedration 118 and 420.
The way I understand it, the parts of the words are
- tetra, meaning four,
- -hedron, referring to faces, and it's corresponding adjective form hedral
- -ize, verb-forming suffix, and
- -ation, a suffix forming a noun out of an action.
I think I like tetrahedrization the most, as it's shorter and still reasonably widely used.
My question therefore is whether tetrahedrization is correct with respect to how we modify words coming from greek/latin, especially relative to the correctness of all the other choices.
I have a secondary question - the fact that tetrahedration is so uncommon surprised me, as I would otherwise prefer it due to its short length. Is there anything about it that's less suitable than the other candidates? Perhaps the fact that -ation would require something like tetahedr- to be an action, which would explain the rare occurence of tetrahedronization, too?