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æmˈni ʒəam·ne·si·a

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. amnesia, memory loss, blackoutnoun

    partial or total loss of memory

    "he has a total blackout for events of the evening"


  1. amnesianoun

    Loss of memory; forgetfulness.

    Etymology: From modified amnesia, from ἀμνησία.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Amnesianoun

    forgetfulness; also, a defect of speech, from cerebral disease, in which the patient substitutes wrong words or names in the place of those he wishes to employ

    Etymology: [NL., fr. Gr. 'amnhsi`a; 'a priv. + mna^sqai to remember.]


  1. Amnesia

    Amnesia is a deficit in memory caused by brain damage, disease, or psychological trauma. Amnesia can also be caused temporarily by the use of various sedatives and hypnotic drugs. Essentially, amnesia is loss of memory. The memory can be either wholly or partially lost due to the extent of damage that was caused. There are two main types of amnesia: retrograde amnesia and anterograde amnesia. Retrograde amnesia is the inability to retrieve information that was acquired before a particular date, usually the date of an accident or operation. In some cases the memory loss can extend back decades, while in others the person may lose only a few months of memory. Anterograde amnesia is the inability to transfer new information from the short-term store into the long-term store. People with this type of amnesia cannot remember things for long periods of time. These two types are not mutually exclusive. Both can occur within a patient at one time. Case studies, such as that of patient R.B., show that both types of amnesia can occur simultaneously. Case studies also show that amnesia is typically associated with damage to the medial temporal lobe. In addition, specific areas of the hippocampus are involved with memory. Research has also shown that when areas of the diencephalon are damaged, amnesia can occur.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Amnesia

    am-nē′si-a, n. loss of memory. [Gr. amnesia]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Amnesia

    Pathologic partial or complete loss of the ability to recall past experiences (AMNESIA, RETROGRADE) or to form new memories (AMNESIA, ANTEROGRADE). This condition may be of organic or psychologic origin. Organic forms of amnesia are usually associated with dysfunction of the DIENCEPHALON or HIPPOCAMPUS. (From Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, pp426-7)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of amnesia in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of amnesia in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of amnesia in a Sentence

  1. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    Life is nostalgia for happiness, which is replaced by the amnesia of eternity. Consciousness turns into undead, merged together with the endless voids of reality.

  2. Jean Baudrillard:

    Driving is a spectacular form of amnesia. Everything is to be discovered, everything to be obliterated.

  3. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    The pills increase the timing of the absurdity of life, and plunging into the amnesia of denial.

  4. Forrest Petz:

    I had temporary amnesia, I was asking my coaches why I was there and they would tell me, and I would ask them again why I was there.

  5. Luis Buñuel:

    I can only wait for the final amnesia, the one that can erase an entire life.

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