Thursday, April 1, 2010

Memorizing medical word parts amyl-, amylo, -myl-

Using association and mnemonic memory techniques in education can help us eliminate rote memorization and help students remember usable information for a lifetime. It's only a matter of enough instructors taking the time to find and/or create associations and mnemonics for their students. If we do this, I think we can change the way people learn and remember and make memorization an enjoyable expedient experience rather than the usual rote memorization drudge.

blue emboldened words are common or academic terms that can be used for associative purposes because they share the same word part with medical or scientific terms.

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

orange emboldened words are terms from other fields of study that may be of interest to some people.

amyl-, amylo- from Gr. amylon, fine meal, starch, from amylos, a-, not + -mylos, milled (ground) [or as we would say in our time, specially ground] means "starch or of a polysaccharide nature or origin". [mill, the act of grinding, amyl, Chem., amylodiosis, lit. starch resembling disease, amyloplast, lit. starch formation, amelcorn, corn cultivated in Europe for producing starch]

-myl-, -mylo- from Gr. myle, a mill, means "having to do with a mill or molar teeth". [mill, the act of grinding, mylabris, lit. mill cockroach, mylohyoid, lit. the molar teeth and hyoid bone]

Memory Story: You've only heard about this banana split and there it is. A mile (amyl-) of starch and sugar the local fast food joint puts together and donates to help continue the fight against diabetes every year.

Memory Story: You run into Disney's Milo (mylo-) in the mill and he bites you a good one with his molars which going by his picture I would say are all his teeth.

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