Thursday, March 18, 2010

Remembering medical term amelioration/meliorate


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 to help you remember it. First of all here's something I found you can associate to that and second, here's a little memory technique I created and use that helps me remember it. And oh yea, if you create something better or discover something else to associate to let's share it with the rest of the students. Wouldn't that be more helpful than, "Remember this, it will be on the test."


blue emboldened words are common or college terms that can be associated to medical terms that share the same word part.


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



amelioration from L. ad-, to + melior, to make better, medically means "improvement". [ameliorate, to make better; to improve, meliorate]

Memory Story: [Using meliorate.] You ask your satisfied looking friend, who was ravenous when he sat down at your dinner table, "That meal you ate (meliorate) improve things or make you feel better?"

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