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[par-am-nee-zhuh] /ˌpær æmˈni ʒə/
Psychiatry. a distortion of memory in which fact and fantasy are confused.
the inability to recall the correct meaning of a word.
Origin of paramnesia
From New Latin, dating back to 1885-90; See origin at par-, amnesia Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It will perhaps be proper not to reduce all the phenomena of paramnesia to the same conditions.

    Criminal Psychology Hans Gross
  • Wigand and Maudsley think they see in paramnesia a simultaneous functioning of both relations.

    Criminal Psychology Hans Gross
  • Indeed, Krpelin asserts that paramnesia occurs only under normal circumstances.

    Criminal Psychology Hans Gross
British Dictionary definitions for paramnesia


(psychiatry) a disorder of the memory or the faculty of recognition in which dreams may be confused with reality
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paramnesia in Medicine

paramnesia par·am·ne·sia (pār'ām-nē'zhə)
A distortion of memory in which fantasy and objective experience are confused.

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