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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Definitions for engram

  1. The supposed physical basis of an individual memory in the brain.
  2. A presumed encoding in neural tissue that provides a physical basis for the persistence of memory; a memory trace.

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Citations for engram
What I found was that I did not retain a single specific engram of tying a shoe, or a pair of shoes, that dated from any later than when I was four or five years old, the age at which I had first learned the skill. Nicholson Baker, Mezzanine
You shut it away, but it has left a mark-an engram, like an inscription on your brain. David Bilsborough, A Fire in the North
Origin of engram
1905-1910
Engram derives from the Greek roots en, "within," and gram, "something written."