paramnesia

noun

par·​am·​ne·​sia ˌper-ˌam-ˈnē-zhə How to pronounce paramnesia (audio)
-əm-,
ˌpa-ˌram-
: a disorder of memory
especially : déjà vu sense 1

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from para- + -mnesia (as in amnesia)

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of paramnesia was in 1888

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Cite this Entry

“Paramnesia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paramnesia. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

paramnesia

noun
par·​am·​ne·​sia ˌpar-ˌam-ˈnē-zhə, -əm- How to pronounce paramnesia (audio)
: a disorder of memory: as
a
: a condition in which the proper meaning of words cannot be remembered
b
: the illusion of remembering scenes and events when experienced for the first time

called also déjà vu

compare jamais vu

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