Thursday, April 15, 2010

Medical word part andr-, -anthro-, -anthropo-

There's lots of memory sites and blog pages siting reasons why we should use mnemonics and how they're the panacea to all our memory woes. I can tell you from my own experience, mnemonics are not a cure all and they have their definite limitations. One of those limitations is the creative time it takes to come up with a mnemonic and it's for this reason I believe students don't have the time to create mnemonics. But, what if someone spends six weeks or six years creating one mnemonic a student can quickly use to remember something for a lifetime without being bored to death drilling the information into their head? That is the goal of Struggling Student's Memory Guide. To help student's remember educational information faster and better by creating mnemonics and/or finding other associative memory techniques they can use quickly and efficiently.

blue emboldened words are common or academic terms that can used for association purposes because they share the same word part with a more complex medical or scientific term.

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

Word parts and memory story taken from High Speed Memory Techniques for Medical Terminology.

-andr-, -andro-, -anthro-, -anthropo- from Gr. andros, and anthropos, means "man, male, human, mankind". [Andrew, lit. strong, manly, android, lit. like a man, anthropology, lit. human science, fig. science of the origins and social relationships of human beings, androblastoma, lit. male germ cell tumor, androgen, lit. produced by man, androgynous, lit. having male and female characteristics, anthropogeny, lit. origin or creation of man, anthropozoonosis, lit. human and animal disease process]

Memory Story: Oh no. You knew better than to go in that biker bar with Andrew (andr-, rel.) who always has to prove what a big man he is after one beer. He jumps in the middle of a pool game scattering the balls about and yells, "My name is Andrew and me and my friend can throw (anthro-) any man in the place!"

No comments:

Post a Comment