amnesia am·ne·sia (ām-nē'zhə)
The loss or impairment of memory.
amnestic am·nes·tic (ām-něs'tĭk)
An agent that causes amnesia.
|amnesia (ām-nē'zhə) Pronunciation Key
Partial or total loss of memory, usually caused by brain injury or shock.
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.