engram

noun
en·​gram | \ ˈen-ˌgram How to pronounce engram (audio) \
variants: or less commonly engramme

Definition of engram

: a hypothetical change in neural tissue postulated in order to account for persistence of memory : memory trace

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The road to that discovery started back in 2012, when Tonegawa’s lab came up with a way to highlight brain cells known as engram cells, which hold a unique memory. Quanta Magazine, "Light-Triggered Genes Reveal the Hidden Workings of Memory," 14 Dec. 2017 Josselyn helped lead this wave of research with some of the earliest studies to capture engram neurons in mice. Helen Shen, Scientific American, "Portrait of a Memory," 14 Mar. 2018 But these types of memory-suppression study sketch out only half of the engram. Helen Shen, Scientific American, "Portrait of a Memory," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of engram

1908, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for engram

International Scientific Vocabulary

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The first known use of engram was in 1908

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engram

noun
en·​gram
variants: also engramme \ ˈen-​ˌgram How to pronounce engramme (audio) \

Medical Definition of engram

: a hypothetical change in neural tissue postulated in order to account for persistence of memory : memory trace

Other Words from engram

engrammic \ en-​ˈgram-​ik How to pronounce engrammic (audio) \ adjective

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