- 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 amnestic
Key actions: Thinking fond, amnestic thoughts about the last snow day.So You Are Enduring a Temporarily Paralyzing Winter Storm
Kelly Williams Brown
February 15, 2014
- a defect in memory, esp one resulting from pathological cause, such as brain damage or hysteria
Word Origin and History for amnestic
"causing loss of memory," 1879, from Greek amnestia "oblivion, forgetfulness;" see 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.)).
- An agent that causes amnesia.
- 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.