GC: n

S: (last access: 1 July 2016); (last access: 1 July 2016).

N: 1. Two sources for etymology:
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary:
Gr. ta~ mnhmonika`: cf. F. mnémonique,
Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary:
Gr. mnēmonikosmnēmōn, mindful—mnasthai, to remember.
2. According to Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary: Mnemonics is the art of assisting the memory: a mode of recalling to the mind any fact or number, or a series of disconnected terms or figures.
3. Medical Definition of mnemonics: a technique of improving the memory.
4. The word mnemonic derives from Greek mnēmōn (“mindful”), which itself comes from the Greek word meaning “to remember.” (In classical mythology, Mnemosyne, the mother of the Muses, is the goddess of memory.) As with many classical borrowings, we retained the double initial consonant, but not the pronunciation of both, since the combination doesn’t occur naturally in English. (“Pneumonia” is a similar case.) “Mnemonic” can also be a noun meaning “a mnemonic device.” If the spelling of this word strikes you as particularly fiendish to remember, try this mnemonic to get you started on the right track: keep in mind that although the pronunciation begins with an “n” sound, the spelling begins with an “m,” as in “memory.”
5. Two definitions for mnemonic:

  • assisting or intended to assist memory; also: of or relating to mnemonics.
  • of or relating to memory.

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SYN: mnemotechnics

S: (last access: 1 July 2016)

CR: Alzheimer’s disease, amnesia, anterograde amnesia, memory, retrograde amnesia, translation memory.