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mnemonics

[ni-mon-iks] /nɪˈmɒn ɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
1.
the process or technique of improving or developing the memory.
Also called mnemotechnics
[nee-moh-tek-niks] /ˌni moʊˈtɛk nɪks/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of mnemonics
1700-1710
1700-10; see mnemonic, -ics

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
1745-55; < 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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Historical Examples
  • Schools of mnemonics couldn't do much when there were people like Archy and Dainopoulos in the world.

    Command William McFee
  • The names of these septs are remembered by a system of mnemonics.

  • To help himself to remember dates, he devised a system of mnemonics, which he circulated among his friends.

    The Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll Stuart Dodgson Collingwood
  • I'm a student of mnemonics, you know, the art of memory perfection.

    The Mind Digger Winston Marks
  • Mr. Spokesly thought of it and wondered what sort of fight the London School of mnemonics would put up against that sort of thing.

    Command William McFee
  • The London School of mnemonics had achieved another miracle.

    Command William McFee
  • Psycho-therapy helped a great deal, but I have traced-out every angle of mnemonics, improved on most and invented some new ones.

    The Mind Digger Winston Marks
  • He took up the little green pamphlets of the London School of mnemonics.

    Command William McFee
  • The scope of Aquinas' remarks have more reference to mnemonics or artificial memory than to association.

  • The London School of mnemonics responded nobly according to its doctrines.

    Command William McFee
British Dictionary definitions for mnemonics

mnemonics

/nɪˈmɒnɪks/
noun (usually functioning as sing)
1.
the art or practice of improving or of aiding the memory
2.
a system of rules to aid the memory

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 mnemonics
n.

"art of developing memory," 1721; see mnemonic; also cf. -ics.

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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mnemonics in Medicine

mnemonics mne·mon·ics (nĭ-mŏn'ĭks)
n.
A system to develop or improve the memory.

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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