Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Memorizing amalgam and -malac- medical term and word part

Struggling Student's Memory Guide shows students and instructors ways to use association and mnemonics instead of rote memorization for educational challenges.

blue emboldened words are common or college terms that can be used to make associations to medical and scientific terminology that share the same word part.

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

orange emboldened words are obscure terms from other fields of study that may be of interest or of some associative value.

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

amalgam from Gr. malagma, emollient from malassein, soften, means "an alloy of a metal with mercury". [amalgamate, fig. to join two or more corporations or societies together into a whole, malagama, lit. poultice or emollient, malacia]

-malac-, malaco-, -malax-, -malacia from Gr. malakos, soft, means "softness or a morbid softening of a body part or tissue". [malacia, lit. softness condition, malacoplakia, lit. soft plaque condition, malacotomy, lit. soft (area) incision, malagma, a poultice, malaxation, lit. softening, ophthalmomalacia, lit. eye softness, tephromalacia, lit. gray matter softness, malachite, a green mineral related more to the mallow plant from which we get the word marshmallow, malacology, Zoo. mollusk science, mauve, a pale grayish violet color]

Memory Story: You lose a filling when you're in remote Egypt during an archeology dig. The pain is so bad you go to the local dentist/barber/gun maker. Not wanting to get mercury poisoning you ask him how he softens the metal and he proudly shows you a wad of what he calls camel gum, (amalgam) a metal mass softened by a chewing camel.

Memory Story: That malachite (malaco-, rel.) orb you paid over a thousand dollars for is turning soft because it is made out of wax.

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