confabulation

[kuhn-fab-yuh-ley-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act of confabulating; conversation; discussion.
2.
Psychiatry. the replacement of a gap in a person's memory by a falsification that he or she believes to be true.

Origin:
1490–1500; < Late Latin confabulātiōn- (stem of confābulātiō) conversation, equivalent to confābulāt(us) (see confabulate) + -iōn- -ion

confabulatory [kuhn-fab-yoo-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , adjective
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confabulate (kənˈfæbjʊˌleɪt)
 
vb
1.  to talk together; converse; chat
2.  psychiatry See also paramnesia to replace the gaps left by a disorder of the memory with imaginary remembered experiences consistently believed to be true
 
[C17: from Latin confābulārī, from fābulārī to talk, from fābula a story; see fable]
 
confabu'lation
 
n
 
con'fabulator
 
n
 
con'fabulatory
 
adj

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confabulation
mid-15c., "talking together," from L. confabulationem, noun of action from confabulari (see confabulate).
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confabulation con·fab·u·la·tion (kən-fāb'yə-lā'shən)
n.
The unconscious filling of gaps in one's memory by fabrications that one accepts as facts.


con·fab'u·late' v.
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The moralizing in commentary can be regarded as merely confabulation covering that useful trait.
Second, cortisol-induced damage to the prefrontal cortex can cause confabulation, or false memories.
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