Arabic and Anatomy – Dura mater

This post is part of the A to Z Challenge. My theme for the month is A to Z of words in English with an Arabic origin.

I loved memorizing the names of different parts of brain during my first year Anatomy class in college. Cerebrum, cerebellum and Medulla Oblongata. Or the three layers of meninges – Dura mater, Pia mater and Arachnoid. I felt they had a musical twist to it while reading it loudly, in an effort to memorize all these new words for the first time !

Guess which of those names have an Arabic connection to them?



Any interesting first day of Anatomy-dissection-class stories ?

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13 Replies to “Arabic and Anatomy – Dura mater”

  1. I am an etymologist myself, by self-proclamation of course. I love taking words and breaking them down using the affixed to decipher the meaning. Thanks for giving me a new word to add to my collection. I am writing a children’s book where the main character love words and finds ways to interject them in her normal speech pattern annoying her friends and family. This is perfect. Thanks for sharing and good luck with the challenge.

    1. Glad you found it interesting. I am loving the research part I am doing due to the challenge. Learning experience for me too.

      Thank you for visiting !

  2. I’ve never taken any anatomy class as such, only medical terminology, but always loved those names of the meninges; Arachnoid in particular. Never knew Dura was Arabic … now I know 🙂

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