Thursday, March 25, 2010

Remembering medical terms ampulla/amphoric

Struggling Student's Memory Guide helps students use association and memory techniques to recall educational information quickly by eliminating as much rote memorization as we can.

blue emboldened words are common or college terms that can be used for association purposes because they use the same word part as a medical term.

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

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

amphoric from Gr. amphora, a jar with two handles, from amphi-, both sides + -phor-, to carry, medically means "a sound from the lungs that sounds like someone blowing into an amphora".

ampulla from L. ampulla, a narrow necked globular bottle with a round bottom and two handles for carrying wine, perfume, or ointments, from the diminutive of amphora, a jar with two handles, means "a dilated section of a tube or vessel that resembles an ampule". [ampule, Med. a small sealed bottle containing drugs, ampullula, lit. a diminutive ampulla]

Memory Story: You're helping with a dive in the Mediterranean Sea after finding a sunken ancient Greek trading vessel loaded with ampullae and amphorae that held olive oil and perfumes. The diver's air hose has formed an ampulla and he is yelling for you to pull him up. "I am pulling! " (ampulla) you yell as another ampulla begins to form in the air hose in your hands.

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