Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Memorizing alveolo-, alveolus, alveus medical terms

Two of the ways to eliminate using rote memorization in education is to turn to association and mnemonic memory techniques. While this has been talked about in the past it hasn't worked because finding associations and creating mnemonics takes too much time, at least for students. I think the key is for instructors who teach the same subject year after year to do the finding of associations and creating of mnemonics and then share them with their students just like we do in Stuggling Student's Memory Guide.

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

orange emboldened words are terms from other subject that may be of interest to some people.

Medical terms and memory stories from High Speed Memory Techniques for Medical Terminology.

alveolo-, alveolus from L. alveolus, the diminutive alveus, a tray, trough, or cavity, means "alveolus, a small cavity or pit, e.g. air cell of the lungs, tooth socket, acinus of racemose gland, the cell or compartments of a honeycomb, or a pit in the wall of the stomach from a gland opening. [alveoloclasia, lit. alveolus breaking, alveolodental, lit. relating to the alveoli and teeth, alveolate, pitted like a honeycomb, alveary, a beehive]

alveus from L. alveus, a river channel or trough of the sea, means, "a tray, trough, or cavity". [alveus hippocampi, lit. trough of the seahorse or trough of the horse sea monster]

Memory story: alveolo-, alveolus [You're telling a tall tale about your friend Al and his viola.] Al's viola (alveolo-) fell overboard (Some say it was tossed.) last year and Al received a strange phone call from a fisherman who recovered it after he found Al's engraved nameplate with his phone number still on it. When the "familiar" looking fisherman returned Al's viola it was covered with grooves and pits from seaworms, barnacle encrustations that looked like honeycomb, and seaweed bladders.

Memory Story: alveus Funny? That fisherman in alveolo- looked a very old Elvis (alveus, not related). He took off on what looked like Neptune's monster seahorse or hippocampi, went down the river channel and disappeared in a trough of the sea.

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