memory

[ mem-uh-ree ]
/ ˈmɛm ə ri /

noun, plural mem·o·ries.

Origin of memory

1275–1325; Middle English memorie < Latin memoria, equivalent to memor mindful, remembering + -ia -y3
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British Dictionary definitions for memory

memory
/ (ˈmɛmərɪ) /

noun plural -ries

Word Origin for memory

C14: from Old French memorie, from Latin memoria, from memor mindful
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Medicine definitions for memory

memory
[ mĕmə-rē ]

n.

The mental faculty of retaining and recalling past experience based on the mental processes of learning, retention, recall, and recognition.
Persistent modification of behavior resulting from experience.
The capacity of a material, such as plastic or metal, to return to a previous shape after deformation.
The capability of the immune system to produce a specific secondary response to an antigen it has previously encountered.
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Science definitions for memory

memory
[ mĕmə-rē ]

  1. The ability to remember past experiences or learned information, involving advanced mental processes such as learning, retention, recall, and recognition and resulting from chemical changes between neurons in several different areas of the brain, including the hippocampus. Immediate memory lasts for just a few seconds. Short-term memory stores information that has been minimally processed and is available only for a few minutes, as in remembering a phone number just long enough to use it. Short-term memory is transferred into long-term memory, which can last for many years, only when repeated use of the information facilitates neurochemical changes that allow it to be retained. The loss of memory because of disease or injury is called amnesia.
  2. The collection of information gained from past learning or experience that is stored in a person's mind.
  3. A piece of information, such as the mental image of an experience, that is stored in the memory.
  1. A part of a computer in which data is stored for later use.
  2. The capacity of a computer, chips, and storage devices to preserve data and programs for retrieval. Memory is measured in bytes. See more at hard disk RAM ROM.
The capacity of a material, such as plastic or metal, to return to a previous shape or condition.
The capacity of the immune system to produce a specific immune response to an antigen it has previously encountered.
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Idioms and Phrases with memory

memory

see commit to memory; in memory of.

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