Thursday, January 21, 2010

Remembering medical/scientific word part -acerv-, acervul-

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 from other fields of study that may be of interest to some people.

-acerv-, acervul- from the L. acervus, heap, and its diminutive acervulus, means "growing in clusters, brain sand". [acervulus, lit. a little heap, acervuline, lit. like little heaps, coacervate, lit. like growing together in heaps or clusters, acervatim, lit. in heaps, fig. briefly]
Warning: This Memory Story is violent and repulsive to some people. [Using acervulus.] You're the cyclops Polyphemus from Homer's Ulysses and you are hungrily dreaming of a serving of Ulysses' (acervulus) and all of his men's brains scattered about in little heaps and clusters in the sand outside your cave after what Ulysses did to your eye.

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