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Medical Terminology Prefixes #7

Learn how to memorize the Meso, Meta, Opistho, Pachy, and Para’s Medical Term Prefix meaning definition in today’s Medical Terminology Course video for Pre-Med and Nursing Students.

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Medical Terms Prefixes Memorized

The key idea with being able to memorize med terms and vocabulary words is the create pictures for those words.

Just take both the picture for the word and the picture for the definition and visualize an interaction between the two like we did above.

Meso Medical Term Prefix with Mnemonic

meso – means: middle

Meso- Medical Term Mnemonic = messy mice
Meso- Prefix Meaning Mnemonic: middle = in the middle with a mitt

Meso Medical Term Mnemonic Story: In the middle of their cage, the mice made a mess with their mitts

Meso Medical Terminology Example to Use in a Sentence

mesoderm = The middle embryonic germ layer, lying between the ectoderm and the endoderm, from which connective tissue, muscle, bone, and the urogenital and circulatory systems develop.
[American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. © 2011]

Meta Medical Term Prefix with Mnemonic

meta- means: later in time

Meta- Medical Term Mnemonic = mat
Meta- Prefix Meaning Mnemonic: later in time = ladder with clock

Meta Medical Term Mnemonic Story: Used a ladder on a mat to reach the clock up above

Meta Medical Terminology Example to Use in a Sentence

metestrus = The period following estrus in most female mammals, when the corpus luteum begins to form.
[American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. © 2011]

Opistho Medical Term Prefix with Mnemonic

opistho- means: rear

Opistho- Medical Term Mnemonic = a pistol
Opistho- Prefix Meaning Mnemonic: rear = rear behind (butt)

Opistho Medical Term Mnemonic Story: A pistol shot him in the rear end

Opistho Medical Terminology Example to Use in a Sentence

opisthomi = An order of eel-like fishes having the scapular arch attached to the vertebrae, but not connected with the skull
[Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary. © 1913]

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Pachy Medical Term Prefix with Mnemonic

pachy- means: thick

Pachy- Medical Term Mnemonic = back pack
Pachy- Prefix Meaning Mnemonic: thick = thick

Pachy Medical Term Mnemonic Story: The back pack was very thick because of all of the books inside of it

Pachy Medical Terminology Example to Use in a Sentence

pachyderm = any of various large, thick-skinned mammals, such as the elephant, rhinoceros, or hippopotamus
[American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. © 2011]

Para Medical Term Prefix with Mnemonic

para- means: disordered

Para- Medical Term Mnemonic = parachute
Para- Prefix Meaning Mnemonic: disordered = disco ball ordered

Para Medical Term Mnemonic Story: The guy was in midair with his parachute as he ordered a disco ball online

Para Medical Terminology Example to Use in a Sentence

paranoia = a condition characterized by an elaborate, overly suspicious system of thinking. It often includes delusions of persecution and grandeur usually centered on one major theme
[Mosby’s Medical Dictionary, 9th edition. © 2009, Elsevier.]

That’s It! You now know how to memorize Meso, Meta, Opistho, Pachy, and Para’s Medical Term Prefixes! Just review a little bit and you will have these words fully memorized come test day.

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