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[ahy-det-ik] /aɪˈdɛt ɪk/
of, relating to, or constituting visual imagery vividly experienced and readily reproducible with great accuracy and in great detail.
of or relating to eidos.
Origin of eidetic
1920-25; < Greek eidētikós, equivalent to eîd(os) eidos + -ētikos -etic
Related forms
noneidetic, adjective Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • The Past Police were noted for their impersonations, and most of them had eidetic memories.

    A Knyght Ther Was Robert F. Young
  • His eidetic memory went to work, conjuring an image of a large-scale map he had once studied.

    The Sensitive Man Poul William Anderson
  • We know that they have eidetic memories, and that they can reason on an extremely high level.

    Assassin Jesse Franklin Bone
British Dictionary definitions for eidetic


adjective (psychol)
(of visual, or sometimes auditory, images) exceptionally vivid and allowing detailed recall of something previously perceived: thought to be common in children
relating to or subject to such imagery
Derived Forms
eidetically, adverb
Word Origin
C20: from Greek eidētikos, from eidos shape, form
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Word Origin and History for eidetic

"pertaining to the faculty of projecting images," 1924, from German eidetisch, coined by German psychologist Erich Jaensch (1883-1940), from Greek eidetikos "pertaining to images," also "pertaining to knowledge," from eidesis "knowledge," from eidos "form, shape" (see -oid).

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