Elbow ossification (mnemonic)

Mnemonics for elbow ossification include CRITOE and CRITOL. These are essentially the same, apart from the terminal letter which represents the External or Lateral epicondyle.



CRITOL is the same as CRITOE apart from the final letter, which refers to the lateral epicondyle rather than external.

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rID: 1039
Section: Mnemonics
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Come Rub My Tree Of Love (mnemonic)
  • CRITOE (mnemonic)
  • CRITOL (mnemonic)
  • Elbow ossification centers (mnemonic)

Cases and figures

  • Age 2 - C
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  • Age 4 - CR
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  • Age 5 - CRI
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  • Age 9 - CRITO
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  • Age 11 - CRITOE
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