Amnesia

Domain : Symptoms

Category : My daily life

Simplified definition

A condition in which a person loses memory totally, partially, permanently, or temporarily, which is mainly due to damage in a part of the brain responsible for memory, called hippocampus.

Source: Houria Aiouaz, for Alzheimer Foundation

Referenced definition

“Loss of memory of varying degree attributable to organic or psychological causes.” [TPAM2012]

Source: Termium Plus. Amnesia. [Internet]. Jun 2012 [cited on Sept 7, 2022].

Context

“To diagnose amnesia, a doctor will do a comprehensive evaluation to rule out other possible causes of memory loss, such as Alzheimer’s disease, other forms of dementia, depression or a brain tumor.”

Source: Mayo Clinic. Amnesia. [Internet]. [cited on Sept 7, 2022]. 

Note

  • It is a generic term that refers to memory problems: there can be a difficulty in memorizing new information (anterograde amnesia) and a difficulty in remembering past events (retrograde amnesia).

Synonym(s)

Memory loss

Amnesia : RELATED DEFINITIONS

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