[ par-am-nee-zhuh ]
/ ˌpær æmˈni ʒə /


Psychiatry. a distortion of memory in which fact and fantasy are confused.
the inability to recall the correct meaning of a word.

Origin of paramnesia

From New Latin, dating back to 1885–90; see origin at par-, amnesia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for paramnesia

  • It will perhaps be proper not to reduce all the phenomena of paramnesia to the same conditions.

  • Indeed, Krpelin asserts that paramnesia occurs only under normal circumstances.

  • Wigand and Maudsley think they see in paramnesia a simultaneous functioning of both relations.

British Dictionary definitions for paramnesia


/ (ˌpæræmˈniːzɪə) /


psychiatry a disorder of the memory or the faculty of recognition in which dreams may be confused with reality
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

Medicine definitions for paramnesia


[ păr′ăm-nēzhə ]


A distortion of memory in which fantasy and objective experience are confused.
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