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amnesia

[am-nee-zhuh] /æmˈni ʒə/
noun
1.
loss of a large block of interrelated memories; complete or partial loss of memory caused by brain injury, shock, etc.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; < Neo-Latin < Greek amnēsía, variant of amnēstía oblivion; perhaps learnedly formed from mnē-, stem of mimnḗskesthai to remember (cf. mnemonic) + -s- + -ia -ia. See amnesty
Related forms
amnestic
[am-nes-tik] /æmˈnɛs tɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for amnestic

amnesia

/æmˈniːzjə; -ʒjə; -zɪə/
noun
1.
a defect in memory, esp one resulting from pathological cause, such as brain damage or hysteria
Derived Forms
amnesiac (æmˈniːzɪˌæk), amnesic (æmˈniːsɪk; -zɪk) adjective, noun
Word Origin
C19: via New Latin from Greek: forgetfulness, probably from amnēstia oblivion; see amnesty
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Word Origin and History for amnestic
adj.

"causing loss of memory," 1879, from Greek amnestia "oblivion, forgetfulness;" see amnesia.

amnesia

n.

"loss of memory," 1786 (as a Greek word in English from 1670s), Modern Latin, coined from Greek amnesia "forgetfulness," from a-, privative prefix, "not" (see a- (3)) + mimneskesthai "to recall, cause to remember," a reduplicated form related to Greek mnemnon "mindful," mneme "memory," mnasthai "to remember;" from PIE root *men- "to think, remember" (see mind (n.)).

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amnestic in Medicine

amnesia am·ne·sia (ām-nē'zhə)
n.
The loss or impairment of memory.

amnestic am·nes·tic (ām-něs'tĭk)
adj.
Amnesic. n.
An agent that causes amnesia.

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amnestic in Science
amnesia
  (ām-nē'zhə)   
Partial or total loss of memory, usually caused by brain injury or shock.
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amnestic in Culture
amnesia [(am-nee-zhuh)]

A loss of memory, especially one brought on by some distressing or shocking experience.

Note: A common variant is selective amnesia; the term is applied to public officials who, when questioned about alleged wrongdoing, profess that they cannot remember.
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