Thursday, February 11, 2010

Memorizing medical/scientific word part meanings for -adip- and lipo-

The goal of Struggling Student's Memory Guide is to develop ways to use association and mnemonic memory techniques, instead of rote memorization, to remember educational information we can use for a lifetime.

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

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

-adip-, -adipo- from L. adeps, adipis, means "fat". [adeps, lit. fat, adipocele, lit. fat tumor, adiposis, lit. fat condition]

-lip-, -lipo- from Gr. lipos, fat means "fat or having to do with lipid". [liposuction, lit./fig. the act or process of sucking fat, lipochrome, lit. lipid color, lipocrit, lit. lipid separate, lipofuscin, lit. dark fat substance, lipolipoidosis, lit. fat and resembling fat state or condition, lipolysis, lit. fat dissolving, lipoxanthine, lit. yellow lipochrome substance]

Memory Story: You're a cowboy and offer a female model a big pinch of snuff saying, "Don't go to the plastic surgeon little lady. A dip (-adip-, not related) behind the lip (-lipo-, not related) will give you those puffy fat lips you want", while showing her your protruding juice filled lips.

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