cryptomnesia

noun
cryp·​tom·​ne·​sia | \ ˌkrip-ˌtäm-ˈnē-zhə How to pronounce cryptomnesia (audio) \

Medical Definition of cryptomnesia

: the appearance in consciousness of memory images which are not recognized as such but which appear as original creations

Other Words from cryptomnesia

cryptomnesic \ -​ˈnē-​zik, -​sik How to pronounce cryptomnesic (audio) \ adjective

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“Cryptomnesia.” The Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/cryptomnesia. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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