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  1. something intended to assist the memory, as a verse or formula.
  2. Computers. a programming code that is easy to remember, as STO for “store.”

Origin of mnemonic

1660–70; < Greek mnēmonikós of, relating to memory, equivalent to mnēmon- (stem of mnḗmōn) mindful + -ikos -ic
Related formsmne·mon·i·cal·ly, adverb
Can be confusedmnemonic pneumonic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for mnemonic


  1. aiding or meant to aid one's memory
  2. of or relating to memory or mnemonics
  1. something, such as a verse, to assist memory
Derived Formsmnemonically, adverb

Word Origin for mnemonic

C18: from Greek mnēmonikos, from mnēmōn mindful, from mnasthai to remember
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Word Origin and History for mnemonic

"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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mnemonic in Medicine


  1. Relating to, assisting, or intended to assist the memory.
  1. A device, such as a formula or rhyme, used as an aid in remembering.
Related formsmne•moni•cal•ly adv.
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