Mnemonics

Greek: mnēmonikós - of, relating to memory

"A device, such as a verse or formula or rhyme, used as an aid in remembering concepts. 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 incorporate unfamiliar ideas or, especially, a series of dissociated ideas by themselves are difficult to remember. Ideally, the structure is designed so that its parts are mutually suggestive."

Mnemonic device

"A Frenchman gawking at a young lady dressed in form-fitting jeans might say 'Des Tight Gaps'"

Explanation

Three types of cell junctions: Desmosome, Tight, and Gap
Desmosome junctions, like good blue jeans, will stretch and are found in the lungs amongst other.
Tight junctions are useful for containing liquids and make up much of the GI tract.
Gap junctions allow cytoplasm exchange between cells and help smooth muscle fibres contract in sequence.


Mnemonic device

"Golgi Distributes A SPAM"

Explanation

Golgi complex: functions
Distributes proteins and lipids from ER:
Add mannose onto specific lysosome proteins
Sulfation of sugars and slected tyrosine
Proteoglycan assembly
Add O-oligosugars to serine and threnonine
Modify N-ologosugars on asparagine.


Mnemonic device

"HELP Form Collagen"

Explanation

Extracellular matrix components:
Hyaluronic acid
Elastin
Laminin
Proteoglycan
Fibronectin
Collagen


Mnemonic device

"PerI"

Explanation

Cochlea chambers: ones with perilymph vs. endolymph
PerI- ones also end with 'I': vestibulI and tympanI.
Therefore, perilymph is in scala vestibuli and scala tympani, and the endolymph is in the scala media.


Mnemonic device

"The organ of COrti "

Explanation

Organ of corti: location
COrti is inside the COchlea.


Mnemonic device

"Nuclei location mirrors where the muscle is located in human body"

Explanation

Muscle cells: cardiac vs. skeletal's nuclei location/number
Heart muscle is in the middle of body, so heart muscle has nucleus in middle.
Skeletal muscles are at periphery of body, so nuclei are at periphery.
Also, you have 1 heart, so usually only 1 nucleus per heart muscle cell, but have many skeletal muscles, so have many nuclei per long fibre.


Mnemonic device

"Camels Often Sit Down Carefully. Perhaps Their Joints Creak. Possibly Early Oiling Might Prevent Premature Rheumatism"

Explanation

The geological ages:
Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian, Carboniferous, Permian, Triassic, Jurrasic, Cretaceous, Pliocene, Eocene, Oligocene, Myocene, Pileocene, Pleistocene, and Recent.


Mnemonic device

"Some Say Marry Money But My Brother Says Big Brains Matter More"

Explanation

Cranial nerves: sensory, motor or both
Sensory
Sensory
Motor
Motor
Both
Motor
Both
Sensory
Both
Both
Motor
Motor


Mnemonic device

"Come, Let's Get Sun Burned"
"Can Lori Get Some Gas"
"Can Little Girls Speak German"
"Can Larry Get Some Beer"
"Californians Like Girls in String Bikinis"
"Cora Lucille's Granny Spins Baseballs" - (This one uses the first 3 letters method)

Explanation

Skin epidermis layers:
From superficial to deep:
Corneum
Lucidum
Granulosum
Spinosum
Basale [Germinativum]


Mnemonic device

"Baby Skin Looks Good Condition"
"Bad Skin Gets Little Calluses"

Explanation

Skin epidermis layers:
From deep to superficial:
Basale [Germinativum]
Spinosum
Granulosum
Lucidum
Corneum


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