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amnesia Line breaks: am|nesia
Pronunciation: /amˈniːzɪə/

Definition of amnesia in English:


[mass noun]
A partial or total loss of memory: they were suffering from amnesia
More example sentences
  • He was suffering from total amnesia and dementia praecox and was duly incarcerated in an asylum in Rodez in central France.
  • Total amnesia may also result from a medical operation that goes wrong.
  • Reports by patients of memory loss are of the erasing of autobiographical memories or retrograde amnesia.


adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • For example, in a case in Arizona, amnesia was confused with everyday forgetting: ‘everyone is amnesic to some degree’.
  • These same studies also show that temporal lobe amnesics have poor memory for the original word list when this memory is tested by an explicit test procedure.
  • These findings are consistent with studies demonstrating that amnesic patients can acquire cognitive skills normally despite having no explicit recollection of the information learned over the training sessions.


Late 18th century: from Greek amnēsia 'forgetfulness'.

Words that rhyme with amnesia

anaesthesia (US anesthesia), analgesia, freesia, Indonesia, Silesia, synaesthesia
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