Thursday, March 4, 2010

Memorizing allant-, allanto- medical word parts

The goal of Struggling Student's Memory Guide is to develop and use ways to memorize information without using rote memorization, the much maligned short-term memory technique we all detest. If we use long-term memory techniques like association and mnemonics it can make the memorization process expedient, reliable, interesting, and much more entertaining then just repeating something over and over again in hopes it will sink in.

blue emboldened words are common or college terms we can use for association purposes. [I could find no common or college terms that could be associated to allant- and allanto-.]

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

allant-, allanto- from Gr. allas, sausage, means "sausage, sausage shaped, or having to do with the sausage shaped allantois membrane". [allantiasis, lit. sausage condition, allantois, lit. looks like a sausage, allantoidangiopagus, lit. fastened twins at the allantois vessel]

Memory Story: You're looking at the CT (computerized tomography) scan of a lawn toy (allantois) that has penetrated the allantois of a pregnant woman's fetus. You thought they took those lawn darts off the market. Or. WARNING: It's you're first day in pediatrics and you're doing your first sonogram. You see what looks like a long toe (allanto-). It must be a boy with a hell of a..... Oh wait. Maybe it's a huge allantois or maybe the lady had sausages for lunch. Oh hell. You never could make heads or tails out of sonograms.

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