Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Partial or total loss of memory, usually resulting from shock, psychological disturbance, brain injury, or illness.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In pathology, loss of memory; specifically, a morbid condition in which the patient is unable to recall a word that is wanted, or, perhaps, understand it when spoken: a common form of aphasia (which see).
  • noun [capitalized] In zoöl., a genus of coleopterous insects.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) Forgetfulness; also, a defect of speech, from cerebral disease, in which the patient substitutes wrong words or names in the place of those he wishes to employ.

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  • noun pathology Loss of memory; forgetfulness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun partial or total loss of memory

Etymologies

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

[Greek amnēsiā, forgetfulness, probably alteration of amnēstiā, from amnēstos, not remembered : a-, not; see a– + mimnēskein, mnē-, to remember; see men- in Indo-European roots.]

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From modified Latin amnesia, from Ancient Greek ἀμνησία (amnēsia, "forgetfulness").

Examples

  • Okay, so, Dean knows his Angel enemas and maybe he figures amnesia is par for this particular course.

    Supernatural - Episode 5.04...SPOILERS

  • So poor Jamie Tyler sits there lingering in amnesia with the ever faithful Luke Smith by her side, Rose and the Doctor worried beyond belief at their daughter's condition, and the mystery of the Ganyites hanging over everybody, even though I know what it freaking is.

    Fic Update

  • Some readers have suggested amnesia is a cop-out, a bad soap opera plot fix.

    April 2008

  • When it comes to the pain of childbirth, a little amnesia is a good thing.

    Babies can cause 'momnesia'

  • Some readers have suggested amnesia is a cop-out, a bad soap opera plot fix.

    which he sought so hard we'll tear apart

  • But, then again, I suppose it's ultimately within the province of the fact-finder to determine whether the alleged case of amnesia is actually believable.

    Medical Malpractice

  • But, then again, I suppose it's ultimately within the province of the fact-finder to determine whether the alleged case of amnesia is actually believable.

    NY Court of Appeals

  • But, then again, I suppose it's ultimately within the province of the fact-finder to determine whether the alleged case of amnesia is actually believable.

    Evidentiary Issues

  • She concludes he apparently suffers from a form of short term amnesia that does not allow him to make new memories more than five minutes old though his pre-flight remain okay.

    The Memory Collectors-Meg Gardiner « The Merry Genre Go Round Reviews

  • And amnesia is the most cliche plot contrivance of the modern era.

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Comments

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  • JM thinks he had amnesia once - maybe twice.

    July 13, 2011

  • Railroad telegraphers' shorthand notation meaning "Can you make an allowance on account of?" --US Railway Association, Standard Cipher Code, 1906.

    January 19, 2013