Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Remembering medical and scientific word parts acin-, botry-, racemi-, staphyl, -uv-, uvul-

The goal of Struggling Student's Memory Guide is to develop ways to use association and mnemonic memory techniques, instead of rote memorization, to remember educational information we can use for a lifetime.

blue emboldened words are common or college terms that can be used for word association purposes.

reddish brown emboldened words are medical terms that should be looked up in a medical dictionary for their figurative meanings.

orange emboldened words are related terms that may be of interest.

Word parts and memory stories taken from High Speed Memory Techniques for Medical Terminology.
All the word parts today means "shaped like a grape or a bunch of grapes".
acin-, acini- from L. acinus, grape or grapestone, concisely means "grape shaped structure or acinus, one of the small grape shaped sacs or alveoli in a racemose gland". [aciniform, lit. grape shaped structure form, acinous, lit. grape shaped structure characteristic]
botry- from Gr. botrys means "something that looks like a cluster of grapes". [botyroid, lit. looks like a bunch of grapes, Botryomyces, lit. grape cluster fungus]
racemi-, racemo- from L. racemus, a bunch of berries, a cluster of grapes, means "shaped like grapes or having something to do with racemic acid (an acid found in the juice of grapes) and it enantiomorphic qualities". [raisin, racemase, lit. a bunch of grapes enzyme, raceme, Chem. an optically inactive chemical compound, racemization, lit. the state or process of making raceme, racemose, lit. looks like a bunch of grapes]
-staphyl-, staphylo- from Gr. staphyle, a bunch of grapes, means "shaped like a grape or a bunch of grapes; having something to do with the uvula, uvula paletina or staphylococcus". [staph infection, Med. infected with Staphylococcus aureus, hypsistaphlia, lit. high uvula condition, staphylagra, lit. uvula seizer, staphylion, lit. grape (uvula paletina) craniometric point, Staphylococcus, lit. grape berry, staphylodermatitis, lit. staphylococcus skin inflammation, staphyloptosis, lit. uvula falling, stylostaphyline, lit. relating to the styloid process of the temporal bone and uvula]
-uv, uvi- from L. uva, grape, means "grape shaped". [uvea, uviform, lit. grape shaped, uvula] (see -uve- and uvul-)
-uve-, uveo- from L. uva, grape, concisely means "uvea, the posterior pigmented area of the iris or the entire uveal tract". [uveitis, lit. inflammation of the uveal tract, uveoencephalitis, lit. uveal tract brain inflammation, uveoscleritis, lit. uveal tract and sclera inflammation]
uvul-, uvulo- from L. uvula, little grape, means "the uvula palatina or a part that looks like the uvula palatina". [uvulitis, lit. inflammation of the uvula palatina, uvuloptosis, lit. uvula palatina falling]
Memory story 1: [This is one of the things I like about memory stories as a mnemonic technique. Sometimes we can pack them with lots of things we want to remember. In this case we're going to put four word parts together in a very short memory story. You're racing Moses (acin-, acinus, racemi-, racemose) as you both try (botry-) to stay full (staphyl-) of grapes and win the grape-eating contest.
Memory story 2: Your patient has been on the new grape diet where they only eat grapes. Your patient however has stuffed themselves all the way up to their uvula in order to stay full (-staphyl-).
Memory story 3: "Wow! Look what happens when you expose grapes to UV (-uv-) light," says the kid munching down a handful of raisins.

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