Thursday, February 25, 2010

Medical word part -ala- and -pter-

Using substitute words, visualization, and creativity combined to create associations and mnemonic memory techniques lets us eliminate rote memorization and make the memory process faster, more reliable, and even entertaining.

blue emboldened words are common or college terms that can be used for 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 from other fields of study that may be of interest.

-ala- from L. ala, wing means "a winglike structure". [aileron, in aeronautics, a hinged auxiliary wing, aisle, [helpful?] the passage along the wing of pews in a church, ala nasi, lit. the wing of the nose, alar, lit. relating to a wing, aliform, lit. wing shaped, ailes de pigeon, Fr. powdered side curls once worn by men]

-pter-, -ptero-, pterygo- from Gr. pteron, pteryx, pterygos means "wing, feather, or having something to do with the wing-shaped pterygoid process". [helicopter, lit. helix winged, epipteric, lit. around a wing shaped process, pteridine, Chem. lit. (butterfly) wing substance, pterion, lit. wing craniometric point, pterygium, lit. like wing, pterygoid, lit. wing shaped, pterygoma, lit. wing swelling, pterygomandibular, lit. relating the pterygoid process and mandible, pteryadactyl, Paleo. lit. wing finger (dinosaur), fig. the flying dinosaur, Pteris, Bot. a fern genus]

Memory Story: You're enjoying an epicurean delight by French chef Peter called Wings a la P'ter (-ala-, -pter-). They're so light the literally fly into your mouth.

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