Monday, April 19, 2010

Memorizing medical word part anemo-

Struggling Student's Memory Guide uses association and mnemonic memory techniques to help students memorize educational information quickly without rote memorization. This blog is about one (anemo-) of about a thousand medical word parts a health science can and should remember for the rest of their professional lives.

Why memorize these meanings? Because if we remember these medical word part meanings, we will know the literal meanings of over ninety percent of all the terms in a medical dictionary. Or, to state this another way, if a high school student memorized these meanings they would be ready for most of the scientific and medical terminology they're going to confront and learn the hard way in college.

[As an aside, they would also have the associative building blocks for about sixty percent of the academic terms they'll need to get through college. However word parts for common and academic terms are not as helpful because these terms are much more figurative than medical and scientific terms.]

Using association and mnemonics I think this memory challenge can be accomplished easily in six months and with use, remembered for a lifetime.

blue emboldened words are common or academic terms that can be associated to a medical term because they share the same word parts.

reddish brown emboldened words are medical terms that should be looked up in a medical dictionary for their figurative meanings. [Most of the time, in medical and scientific terminology, the literal and figurative meanings are the same or very close to each other.]

orange emboldened words are terms from other fields of study that use the same word part and may be of interest.

anemo- from Gr. anemos, wind, means "wind, a current of air, inhalation". [anemometer, lit. wind measurer, fig. a wind measuring device, anemonol, lit. wind oil, anemone, Bot. wind flower, sea anemone, Marine Bio.]

Memory Story: You're the clown fish Nemo from the movie Finding Nemo and live in an anemone (anemo-, rel.) that looks like it's always blowing in the wind.

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