[ krip-toh-mnee-zhuh ]

  1. the phenomenon of not recognizing the return of an old memory as a product of memory, but instead regarding it as a new or original thought or idea:Cryptomnesia has misled some writers to embark on new works which are actually unconscious plagiarism or even self-plagiarism.

Origin of cryptomnesia

First recorded in 1900–05; crypto- + Greek mnêsis “memory” + -ia; see origin at amnesia.

Words Nearby cryptomnesia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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