Mnemonics - Anatomy

Many of these mnemonics are decades old.
Mnemonics - Clinical
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Mnemonics - General


    Cranial Nerves
      I On (Olfactory)
      II Old (Optic)
      III Olympus (Oculomotor)
      IV Towering (Trochlear)
      V Tops, (Trigeminal)
      VI A (Abducens)
      VII Finn (Facial)
      VIII And (Auditory)
      IX German (Glossopharyngeal)
      X Viewed (Vagus)
      XI Astounding (Accessory)
      XII Hops (Hypoglossal)

      I Some (Sensory)
      II Say (Sensory)
      III Marry (primarily Motor)
      IV Money, (primarily Motor)
      V But (Both)
      VI My (primarily Motor)
      VII Brother (Both)
      VIII Says (Sensory)
      IX Big (Both)
      X Bras (Both)
      XI Matter (primarily Motor)
      XII More (primarily Motor)

      "You have I nose & II eyes"
      I - Olfactory n.; II - Optic n.

      Extraocular muscles
      "LR6 - SO4 - rest3"
      LR6 Lateral rectus --> VI abducens
      SO4 Superior Oblique --> IV Trochlear
      remaining 4 eyeball movers --> III oculomotor

      Branches of the facial nerve
      "Ten Zombies Bought My Car"
      Temporal, Zygomatic, Buccal, Masseteric, Cervical

    Spinal Nerves

      "C3-4-5 keep the phrenic nerve (or diaphragm) alive"
      "C5-6-7 raise your arms to heaven" (nerve roots of long thoracic nerve innervate serratus anterior)

      Innervation of the penis
      "S2,3,4 keep the penis off the floor"
      Refers to the innervation of the penis by branches of the pudendal nerve which is derived from spinal cord levels S2-4.
      Point, Shoot, Score
      Parasympathetic for erection, Sympathetic for ejaculation, Somatomotor for ...

    Supraorbital fissure
      Structures that pass through it:
      "Luscious French Tarts Sit Naked In Anticipation Of Sex."
      Lacrimal nerve, Frontal nerve, Trochlear nerve, Superior branch of oculomotor nerve, Nasociliary nerve, Inferior branch of oculomotor nerve, Abducent nerve, Ophthalmic veins, Sympathetic nerves

    Cranial bones

      "Old People From Texas Eat spiders"
      Occipital, Parietal, Frontal, Temporal, Ethnoid, Sphenoid

    Brachial plexus

      "Randy Travis Drinks Cold Beers"
      Roots, Trunks, Divisions, Cords, Branches

    Great vessels

      *A*ortic arch gives off the *B*rachiocephalic trunk, the left *C*ommon Carotid, and the left *S*ubclavian artery

    Thoracic duct

      "The duck is between two gooses."
      duck = thoracic duct
      2 gooses = azyGOUS vein and esophaGOUS

    Order of structures in groin (from lateral to medial)

      Nerve, Artery, Vein, Empty space, Lymphatics

    Muscles inserting into humerus

      "A lady between two majors"
      Pectoralis major attaches to lateral lip of bicipital groove, the teres major attaches to medial lip of bicipital groove, and the latissimus dorsi attaches to the floor of bicipital groove.
      The "lati" is between two "majors"

    Pectoral nerves

      "Lateral is less, medial is more"
      Lateral pectoral nerve goes through pectoralis major, while medial pectoral nerve goes though both pectoralis major and minor.

    Carpal bones

      "Some Lovers Try Positions That They Can't Handle"
      Scaphoid, Lunate, Triquetrum, Pisiform, Trapezoid, Trapezium, Capitate, Hamate.

    Radial nerve

      It innervates the Brachioradialis, Extensors, Supinator, Triceps.

    Median nerve

      It innervates the Lateral 2 Lumbricals, Opponens pollicis, Abductor pollicis brevis, Flexor pollicis brevis.


      "Brent Spiner Gained Lieutenant Commander"
      Basale, Spinosum, Granulosum, Lucidum, Corneum


      It measures 1x3x5 inches, weighs 7 ounces and lies between ribs 9-11.

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