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retrograde amnesia


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  • n. The loss of memories from the period leading up to the amnesic episode

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

  • n. loss of memory for events immediately preceding a trauma


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  • Behind the bright aluminum siding and plastic signage poked bits of brick and corbels from the 1890s. The whole town lived in continuous retrograde amnesia.
    --Richard Powers, 2007, The Echo Maker, p. 315

    November 7, 2008