Monday, April 12, 2010

Recalling medical word part ancon- and word olecranon

By using association, visualization, meditative, and creative memory techniques instructors can help their students remember, retain, and recall information more efficiently without using rote memorization. These techniques can also help the instructor have more control over what their students can remember. This will be of growing importance to students and their instructors considering some of the ideas coming out of Washington at this time.

blue emboldened words are common or academic terms that can be associated 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.

ancon- from Gr. ancon, bent arm, elbow, a bend, means "ancon, the elbow or something shaped like an elbow". [angle, from Gr. ankos, a bend, anconad, lit. towards the elbow, anconeus, lit. elbow (joint muscle) anconoid, lit. resembles an elbow, Ancon sheep, extinct breed of sheep with crooked legs] (see ancylo- and ancyr- tomorrow)

olecranon from Gr. olene, ulna + kranion, head, skull, means "the head of the elbow".

Memory Story: [You've invented a kindergarten teaching robot named Ann and programmed her to be creative, resourceful, and show initiative when confronting a problem.] Uh oh. There's that squeak again in Ann's elbow. Ann can use (anconeus) some elbow grease so she uses her laser vision, melts some Crayolas and puts her elbow into the oily crayon (olecranon) mass to make her squeak go away.

Memory Story: You're teaching children how to color on a hot day and put your elbow on a hot oily crayon (olecranon).

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