Definition of eidetic
: marked by or involving extraordinarily accurate and vivid recall especially of visual images an eidetic memory
eideticallyplay \ī-ˈde-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
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Eidetic is the technical adjective used to describe what we more commonly call a photographic memory. The word ultimately derives from the Greek noun eidos, meaning "form." The ability of certain individuals to recall images, sounds, or events with uncanny accuracy is a subject of fascination for researchers in the field of psychology. Among notable people who were reputed to have eidetic memories is the late television comic Jackie Gleason, who reportedly was able to memorize an entire half-hour script in a single read-through.
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