- loss of a large block of interrelated memories; complete or partial loss of memory caused by brain injury, shock, etc.
Origin of amnesia
Examples from the Web for amnesia
For Americans, World War I rests in a dark valley of amnesia between the glowing peaks of the Civil War and World War II.Wounds of World War I Have Yet to Heal
Michael F. Bishop
June 28, 2014
On the negative side, the sheer tonnage of opinions can overwhelm and cause a degree of amnesia.The Best Columns of the Year
December 31, 2013
They were responding to that amnesia—our parents looked the other way.Out of the Ruins of the Second World War
October 27, 2013
But how many sleep-deprived nights are you prepared to spend in nightspots like Les Caves du Roy, Amnesia, or Billionaire?Simon de Pury: Visiting 16 Studios of Los Angeles’s Top Artists
Simon de Pury
August 27, 2013
Dr. Anand Veeravagu on the rare form of amnesia that can strike without warning.Transient Global Amnesia: What Total Memory Loss Is Like
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD
July 28, 2013
You seem remarkably clear in your mind to be afflicted with amnesia.The White Desert
Courtney Ryley Cooper
This is the breaking point, the moment when amnesia intervenes.When Winter Comes to Main Street
Grant Martin Overton
Some kind of hysteria and amnesia hit you while we were there.The Memory of Mars
Raymond F. Jones
In a lesser degree, amnesia only affects limited periods of life.Metapsychical Phenomena
What idiosyncracies of the narrator were concomitant products of amnesia?Ulysses
- a defect in memory, esp one resulting from pathological cause, such as brain damage or hysteria
Word Origin and History for amnesia
"loss of memory," 1786 (as a Greek word in English from 1670s), Modern Latin, coined from Greek amnesia "forgetfulness," from a-, privative prefix, "not" (see a- (3)) + mimneskesthai "to recall, cause to remember," a reduplicated form related to Greek mnemnon "mindful," mneme "memory," mnasthai "to remember;" from PIE root *men- "to think, remember" (see mind (n.)).
- The loss or impairment of memory.
- Partial or total loss of memory, usually caused by brain injury or shock.
A loss of memory, especially one brought on by some distressing or shocking experience.