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mnemonic

[ni-mon-ik] /nɪˈmɒn ɪk/
adjective
1.
assisting or intended to assist the memory.
2.
pertaining to mnemonics or to memory.
noun
3.
something intended to assist the memory, as a verse or formula.
4.
Computers. a programming code that is easy to remember, as STO for “store.”.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; < Greek mnēmonikós of, relating to memory, equivalent to mnēmon- (stem of mnḗmōn) mindful + -ikos -ic
Related forms
mnemonically, adverb
Can be confused
mnemonic, pneumonic.
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British Dictionary definitions for mnemonic

mnemonic

/nɪˈmɒnɪk/
adjective
1.
aiding or meant to aid one's memory
2.
of or relating to memory or mnemonics
noun
3.
something, such as a verse, to assist memory
Derived Forms
mnemonically, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from Greek mnēmonikos, from mnēmōn mindful, from mnasthai to remember
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Word Origin and History for mnemonic
adj.

"aiding the memory," 1753, back-formation from mnemonics, or from Greek mnemonikos "of or pertaining to memory," from mnemon (genitive mnemonos) "remembering, mindful," from memne "memory, a remembrance, record, an epitaph; memory as a mental faculty," from base of mnasthai "remember," from PIE root *men- "to think" (see mind (n.)). The noun meaning "mnemonic device" is from 1858. Related: Mnemonical (1660s).

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mnemonic in Medicine

mnemonic mne·mon·ic (nĭ-mŏn'ĭk)
adj.
Relating to, assisting, or intended to assist the memory. n.
A device, such as a formula or rhyme, used as an aid in remembering.


mne·mon'i·cal·ly adv.
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mnemonic in Technology

programming
A word or string which is intended to be easier to remember than the thing it stands for. Most often used in "instruction mnemonic" which are so called because they are easier to remember than the binary patterns they stand for. Non-printing ASCII characters also have mnemonics like NAK, ESC, DEL intended to evoke their meaning on certain systems.
(1995-05-11)

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Encyclopedia Article for mnemonic

any device for aiding the memory. Named for Mnemosyne, the goddess of memory in Greek mythology, mnemonics are also called memoria technica. The principle is to create in the mind an artificial structure that incorporates unfamiliar ideas or, especially, a series of dissociated ideas that by themselves are difficult to remember. Ideally, the structure is designed so that its parts are mutually suggestive. Grouping items in rhymed verse has long been a popular mnemonic technique, from the "gender rhymes" of the Latin grammars to the verse for remembering the number of days in the months ("Thirty days hath September, April, June and November").

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