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engram

[en-gram] /ˈɛn græm/
noun
1.
a presumed encoding in neural tissue that provides a physical basis for the persistence of memory; a memory trace.
Also called trace.
Origin of engram
1905-1910
First recorded in 1905-10; en-2 + -gram1
Related forms
engrammic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for engram
Historical Examples
  • Semon's "engram" is formed by all that we experience at one time.

    The Analysis of Mind Bertrand Russell
  • These two laws together represent in part a hypothesis (the engram), and in part an observable fact.

    The Analysis of Mind Bertrand Russell
  • Similarly, the engram of the ecphoriated dichotomy is most often that which has been previously most often repeated.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • As we have indicated in our comparison, every suggestion which has succeeded leaves a strong trace, or engram, in the brain.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
British Dictionary definitions for engram

engram

/ˈɛnɡræm/
noun
1.
(psychol) the physical basis of an individual memory in the brain See also memory trace
Derived Forms
engrammic, engrammatic, adjective
Word Origin
C20: from German Engramm, from Greek en-in + gramma letter
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engram in Medicine

engram en·gram (ěn'grām')
n.
A physical alteration thought to occur in living neural tissue in response to stimuli, posited as an explanation for memory. Also called neurogram.

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