Definition of amnesia in English:

amnesia

Line breaks: am|nesia
Pronunciation: /amˈniːzɪə
 
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noun

[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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

amnesiac

noun& adjective
More example sentences
  • On three occasions, the amnesiacs readily downed the second serving.
  • Case studies of psychogenic amnesiacs are stranger than anything Hollywood could conjure.
  • One famous amnesiac could not commit anything new to conscious memory from the time of her accident, so, for example, she never recognized her doctor, even though she saw him every day.

amnesic

adjective& noun
More 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.

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