List of terms (TOS alternate)

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Battlestar Galactica Terminology

Like the show, the comics or novels based on the Original Series, and its spinoff, Galactica 1980, use different terminology in order to make the universe visceral to the reader. This array of terminology, used by both the Colonials and Cylons, consists of military jargon, colloquialisms, sayings, and technical terms.

This page does not serve to regurgitate or repeat terminologies used in both series, but terms that only appear in both the comics and novels. Each section is separated by publisher (Berkley, Marvel, Realm Press, et al.), in order to make the continuities clear.

Berkley novelizations

  • germicide: part of a Warrior's medkit. Given the use of the suffix "-cide," this substance kills germs.[1]
  • viruscide: part of a Warrior's medkit. Given the use of the suffix "-cide," this substance kills viruses.[1]

Dynamite Entertainment comics






Squadrons and Forces



Temporal Mechanics

Units of Measure


Marvel Comics

Maximum Press comics

Realm Press comics

Unproduced Scripts


  1. 1.0 1.1 Resnick, Michael (1981). Battlestar Galactica 5: Galactica Discovers Earth. Berkley Books, p. 116.
  2. This term is a nod to both Battlestar Galactica creator Glen A. Larson and the company formed by John Dykstra.
  3. This term is also used in Encyclopedia Galactica.