Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Medical word part -agra-

Using association and mnemonic memory techniques high school students could remember over a thousand medical word parts meanings in about a hundred days. Any high school student who takes the time to do this would have the fundamental vocabulary building blocks they'll need in Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology or almost any other health science course. That's without studying Greek or Latin folks.

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

-agra- from Gr. agra, means "acute pain or seizure". [cardiagra, lit. heart seizure, cheiragra, lit. acute hand pain, melagra, lit. limb seizure, podagra, lit. acute foot pain, staphylagra, lit. (grape) uvula (seizer) holder]

Memory Story: You're a paparazzi taking numerous pictures of a famous honeymooning couple in Niagara (-agra-, not related) Falls until you aggravate (-agra-, not related) the new groom so much he has an acute pain in his chest, followed by a seizure and dies. Well he was a ninety year old tycoon and she was a twenty year old stripper. Fortunately the scandal sheet you work for will pay big bucks for your picture taken of the dead groom and smiling bride.

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