blue emboldened words are common or college terms which can be used for word association purposes.
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orange emboldened words are terms of interest from other fields of study than medical terminology.
-acanth-, acantho- from Gr. akantha, thorn, prickle, means "thorn, spiney, spine, prickly" (possibly from -ac-, sharp + -anther-, flower or -ac-, sharp + -canthus, corner) [acanthus, a prickly plant that's leaves are used as a carved motif on Corinthian columns and moldings, acanthion, lit. thorn craniometric point, Acanthocephala, lit. thorn head, acanthoma, lit. prickly tumor, cystacanth, lit. bladder thorn, paracanthoma, lit. alongside prickly tumor, coelacanth, lit. hollow spine, Zoo. a prehistoric fish (with a hollow spine) once thought extinct. (see -ac-)
From an associative memory point of view the word acanthus is an excellent thing to associate to. If you're unfamiliar with this college term please follow this link.
Memory story: You're a campus (acanthus) landscape artist and create planting beds of acanthus, holly hedges, and bougainvillea arbors to keep students from taking short cuts through the planters.