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Korsakoff's psychosis

a mental illness involving severe confusion and inability to retain recent memories, usually caused by alcoholism
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C19: named after Sergei Korsakoff (1854–1900), Russian neuropsychiatrist, who described it
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Korsakoff's syndrome Kor·sa·koff's syndrome (kôr'sə-kôfs')
A syndrome marked by confusion and severe impairment of memory for which the patient compensates by confabulation; it is often viewed as the psychological component of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome. Also called Korsakoff's psychosis, polyneuritic psychosis.

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