Monday, February 22, 2010

Medical word part -agog-, -agogue

If every high school student remembered the meanings of about a thousand medical word parts they'd have the fundamental building blocks of a medical vocabulary. The Struggling Student's Memory Guide goal is to help them remember these word parts meanings and other important educational information faster and more efficiently using association and mnemonic memory techniques.

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

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

-agog-, -agogue from Gr. agogos, leading forth means "leader, a stimulant, or a drawing forth". [demagogue, lit. people leader, fig. rabble rouser, pedagogue, lit. child leader, fig. educator, galactagogue, lit. milk stimulant, helminthagogue, lit. drawing forth worms, hydragogue, lit. drawing forth water]

Memory Story: You're an ancient Egyptian courtier whose Pharaoh has just died. They bring out you new leader whose first words are "ah goo goo". (-agog-) And. You think you're going to die. You have discovered the hard way that a grog (-agog-, not related) made from raisins, sugar, and yeast, created in the basement of the local fraternity, stimulates simultaneous emesis and diarrhea. You've never been stimulated like this before and hope it never happens again.

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