amnesia

noun am·ne·sia \ am-ˈnē-zhə \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of amnesia

1 :loss of memory due usually to brain injury, shock, fatigue, repression, or illness
2 :a gap in one's memory
3 :the selective overlooking or ignoring of events or acts that are not favorable or useful to one's purpose or position
  • … Americans seemed to develop a willful forgetfulness about the nation's longest military conflict, an amnesia that lasted for nearly a decade.
  • —Alan Brinkley

amnesiac

play \-zhē-ˌak, -zē-\ or amnesic play \-zik, -sik\ adjective or noun

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Origin and Etymology of amnesia

New Latin, from Greek amnēsia forgetfulness, alteration of amnēstia


AMNESIA Defined for English Language Learners

amnesia

noun

Definition of amnesia for English Language Learners

  • medical : a condition in which a person is unable to remember things because of brain injury, shock, or illness


AMNESIA Defined for Kids

amnesia

noun am·ne·sia \ am-ˈnē-zhə \

Definition of amnesia for Students

:an abnormal and usually complete loss of one's memory

Medical Dictionary

amnesia

noun am·ne·sia \ am-ˈnē-zhə \

medical Definition of amnesia

1 :loss of memory sometimes including the memory of personal identity due to brain injury, shock, fatigue, repression, or illness or sometimes induced by anesthesia
  • a period of amnesia after the wreck
2 :a gap in one's memory
  • an amnesia concerning her high-school years


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