Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Memorizing ambly-, a medical word part

Just imagine an instructor giving you something to learn (that you can actually use for the rest of your life) and then saying, "Here's a couple of ways that will help you remember it. First of all you can associate this to that and here's a little memory technique I created and use that may help you too. And oh yea, if you create or find something better let's share it with the rest of the students."

This is a way to quit using rote memorization in the classroom but it takes instructors to do it because students don't have the time to find associations and to create and improve mnemonic devices over the years.

blue emboldened words are common or college level terms that can be used for association purposes. [I could find no common terms that contain the word part ambly-.]

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

Word part and memory story from High Speed Memory Techniques for Medical Terminology.
All the medical word parts in this entry are in HSMT for MT.

ambly- from Gr. amblys, dull, means "dull, blunt, dim, or faint". [amblyaphia, lit. dull touch condition, Amblyomma, lit. dull eye, amblyopia, lit. dull eye condition]

Memory Story: [You're a guy.] I am blind (ambly-) in this faint light, you think, as you slowly amble (ambly-, nr.) into the dull and blunt armrest of your movie theater seat, spilling your popcorn and drink all over your date. Warning: An acronym addendum to this story could be: No BFD (blunt, faint, dim, dull) because she left before you got back.

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