jamais vu

noun
ja·​mais vu | \ ˌzhȧ-ˌme-ˈvᵫ̅ How to pronounce jamais vu (audio) , ˌjä-ˌmā-ˈvü How to pronounce jamais vu (audio) \

Medical Definition of jamais vu

: a disorder of memory characterized by the illusion that the familiar is being encountered for the first time — compare paramnesia sense b

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“Jamais vu.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/jamais%20vu. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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