Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Medical word parts ali-, -alesce, and -esce

Using mnemonics and association to remember medical word part meanings and build a medical vocabulary faster and keeping it interesting. That and remembering other educational information is the goal of Struggling Student's Memory Guide.

blue emboldened words are common or college terms that can be used for word association purpose.

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

-al-, -ali- from L. alo, nourish means "nourishment". [alimony, lit. sustenance or result of nourishment, fig. support paid by one spouse to another after a divorce, alible, lit. capable of nourishing, alimentary, lit. relating to nourishing]

-esce from L. -esce, to begin to, means "the beginning stages, inchoate". [detumescence, lit. swelling that's beginning to reverse, fig. swelling that's stopped and beginning to recede, iridescence, lit./fig. becoming rainbow colored, putrescent, lit. that which is beginning to rot, calorescence, lit. the state of beginning to heat, fluorescent, lit. that which is beginning to fluoresce]

-alesce from L. alescere, to grow, means "the beginning stage of growing" from al-, nourishment + -esce, the beginning stage. [coalesce, lit. to begin to grow together, fig. to fuse or cause to grow together, convalesce, lit. begin to grow strong, fig. recuperate]

Memory Story: You're in the alley (ali-, not related) behind your house giving nourishment to hundreds of alley cats until you run out of food. Uh oh. You're in trouble.

Memory Story: You're Alice (-alesce, not related) and beginning to grow back to normal size after leaving Wonderland.

Memory Story: [For remembering -esce and the word "inchoate's" meaning.] Years ago Sadaam Hussein is looking at a big map of Middle East and says, "Let's see. (-esce) I think I'll begin in Kuwait (inchoate).

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