a presumed encoding in neural tissue that provides a physical basis for the persistence of memory; a memory trace.
Origin of engram
Related formsen·gram·mic, adjective
First recorded in 1905–10; en-2
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for engram
Historical Examples of engram
Semon's "engram" is formed by all that we experience at one time.
These two laws together represent in part a hypothesis (the engram), and in part an observable fact.
Similarly, the engram of the ecphoriated dichotomy is most often that which has been previously most often repeated.
As we have indicated in our comparison, every suggestion which has succeeded leaves a strong trace, or engram, in the brain.
British Dictionary definitions for engram
Derived Formsengrammic or engrammatic, adjective psychol the physical basis of an individual memory in the brainSee also memory trace
Word Origin for engram
C20: from German Engramm, from Greek en- in + gramma letter
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
A physical alteration thought to occur in living neural tissue in response to stimuli, posited as an explanation for memory.neurogram
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.