[ ni-mon-ik ]
/ nɪˈmɒn ɪk /


assisting or intended to assist the memory.
pertaining to mnemonics or to memory.


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

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Origin of mnemonic

1660–70; < Greek mnēmonikós of, relating to memory, equivalent to mnēmon- (stem of mnḗmōn) mindful + -ikos -ic

Related forms

mne·mon·i·cal·ly, adverb

Can be confused

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British Dictionary definitions for mnemonic


/ (nɪˈmɒnɪk) /


aiding or meant to aid one's memory
of or relating to memory or mnemonics


something, such as a verse, to assist memory

Derived Forms

mnemonically, adverb

Word Origin for mnemonic

C18: from Greek mnēmonikos, from mnēmōn mindful, from mnasthai to remember
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Medicine definitions for mnemonic


[ nĭ-mŏnĭk ]


Relating to, assisting, or intended to assist the memory.


A device, such as a formula or rhyme, used as an aid in remembering.

Related forms

mne•moni•cal•ly adv.
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