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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
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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Examples for mnemonics
  • mnemonics and keyboard accelerators shall not be case sensitive, with upper and lower case letters being equivalent.
  • Discusses two experiments designed to clarify the cognitive functions of mnemonics in fact learning.
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

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.

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

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Encyclopedia Article for mnemonics

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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