Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or marked by extraordinarily detailed and vivid recall of visual images.

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  • adj. Pertaining to a memory or mental image of perfect clarity, as though actually visible; or to a person able to see such memories.

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  • adj. of visual imagery of almost photographic accuracy

Etymologies

German eidetisch, from Greek eidos, form; see weid- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German eidetisch, from Ancient Greek εἰδητικός (eidetikos), from εἶδος (eidos, "form"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Some people have what are called eidetic visualizations.

    The Vision Board Book

  • Stile was good at this, in human terms-but how could he be sure that Noh did not possess long-term eidetic memory, and be virtually invinci - ble?

    Blue Adept

  • Opponents say he has an eidetic or photographic memory ( 'eidetic' - that's at least 83 on a triple).

    Home | Mail Online

  • Despite its age, this remains a useful literature review, especially because it covers not only mental imagery in the narrower sense in which the term is usually used today (what Richardson calls “memory imagery”), but also other more or less distantly related quasi-perceptual phenomena such as eidetic imagery, hypnagogic imagery, hallucinations, and after-images.

    His Name Was Do Re Mi

  • I have at least ten times that many, and half of them are behind the other half and they keep changing places every time we move, which recently has been once a year, so I'm fortunate to have the kind of eidetic book-memory Tatyana talks about.

    languagehat.com: THE LIBRARIAN'S HOME.

  • The characters are all characters--that is, people with distinctive traits and personalities: The baby's a smart-ass biter, Violet's an inventor, Klaus a book fiend who must have a kind of eidetic memory to put to use what he's read, their aunt a grammarian paranoic, and a distant uncle, Count Olaf, will stop at nothing to gain the three children's fortune.

    The Fortune of the Unfortunate

  • Inoue and Matsuzawa claim that Ayumu has a photographic or "eidetic" memory that allows him to keep an accurate, detailed image of a complex scene in a very short time.

    ScienceBlogs Channel : Life Science

  • Photographic memory is often referred under a variety of other names such as eidetic memory or total recall.

    Article Source

  • I take out the Quest fob and look at it, with the eidetic memory of the fire-starting GT-R resonating in my head.

    For Your Big-Box Shopping, Drive a Big Box

  • A related concept is eidetic imagery, in which a person claims to "see" a detailed visual scene that is no longer visible.

    Memory Myths

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  • from essay "Jonathan Williams" by Guy Davenport

    January 19, 2010

  • From the Greek Eidos (εἶδος), meaning "image," "form," or "shape." It also can have the meaning of "essence", as in Husserlian phenomenology's "eidetic reduction", which is a method for finding the essential characteristics of our experience of objects.

    November 1, 2009

  • eidetic can also refer to photographic visual memory. or: intuitively apprehended.

    July 29, 2009