[ am-nee-zhuh ]
/ æmˈni ʒə /
loss of a large block of interrelated memories; complete or partial loss of memory caused by brain injury, shock, etc.
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Origin of amnesia
Related formsam·nes·tic [am-nes-tik] /æmˈnɛs tɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for amnestic
/ (æmˈniːzjə, -ʒjə, -zɪə) /
a defect in memory, esp one resulting from pathological cause, such as brain damage or hysteria
Derived Formsamnesiac (æmˈniːzɪˌæk) or amnesic (æmˈniːsɪk, -zɪk), adjective, noun
Word Origin for amnesia
C19: via New Latin from Greek: forgetfulness, probably from amnēstia oblivion; see amnesty
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Medicine definitions for amnestic (1 of 2)
[ ăm-nĕs′tĭk ]
An agent that causes amnesia.
Medicine definitions for amnestic (2 of 2)
[ ăm-nē′zhə ]
The loss or impairment of memory.
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Science definitions for amnestic
[ ăm-nē′zhə ]
Partial or total loss of memory, usually caused by brain injury or shock.
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Culture definitions for amnestic
[ (am-nee-zhuh) ]
A loss of memory, especially one brought on by some distressing or shocking experience.
A common variant is selective amnesia; the term is applied to public officials who, when questioned about alleged wrongdoing, profess that they cannot remember.
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