Medical Definition of Korsakoff syndrome
: a chronic memory disorder that is caused by brain damage related to a severe deficiency of thiamine (as that associated with alcoholism or malnutrition) and is characterized by impaired ability to form new memories and by memory loss for which the patient often attempts to compensate through confabulation ◆Korsakoff syndrome is frequently preceded by Wernicke's encephalopathy.
Biographical Note for korsakoff syndrome
Sergei Sergeievich (1853–1900), Russian psychiatrist. Korsakoff was one of the founders of the Russian school of psychiatry. After service at a clinic for nervous diseases, he published his classic description of the syndrome now known as Korsakoff syndrome.
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