mne-, mnem-, mnemon-, mnes-, -mnesia, -mnesiac, -mnesic, -mnestic

(Greek: memory, to remember; recollection of something or someone; awareness, consciousness of the present and the past)

acousmatamnesia (s) (noun); acousmatamnesias, acousmatamnesiæ (pl)
1. Failure of the memory to call up the images of sounds: The doctor diagnosed a severe case of acousmatamnesia for Kerri and he had no suggestion as to how he could help her.
2. The inability to recall and to identify certain sounds: Eugene could see Sara struggle with her acousmatamnesia as she tried to remember how to pronounce the sounds of the alphabet.
amnemonic
1. Characterized by a loss of memory.
2. A reference to a faulty memory.
amnesia (s) (noun); amnesias, amnesiæ (pl)
A partial or a total loss of or an inability to remember: Susan's mother's amnesia was shown by her inability to recall past experiences or being unable to remember who she was.

Amnesias can be caused by shocks, psychological disturbances, brain injuries, certain kinds of illnesses, or old age.

A man seems to have a loss of memory about a loan.
© ALL rights are reserved.

A man seems to have forgotten about his family.
© ALL rights are reserved.

Go to this Word A Day Revisited Index
for a list of additional Mickey Bach illustrations.

amnesiac
1. Someone who is afflicted with amnesia.
2. Partial or total loss of memory.
amnesic
A reference to amnesia.
amnesiophobia (s) (noun), amnesiophobias (pl)
1. The panic a person has of not being able to remember things, which is commonly related to the development of Alzheimer’s disease:
2. There are essentially two basic types of forgetfulness that people are afraid of:
  • The inability to form new recollections in which the individual either does not consolidate what is perceived into permanent retention storage or cannot retrieve recent memories.
  • The loss of remembering certain events that occurred before this mental disturbance started.
A patient can't remember having amnesia.
No, doctor, I don't ever remember having amnesia.

Word Info image © ALL rights reserved.
amnestic
1. Causing loss of memory; said of diseases, poisonous agents, etc.
2. Of or relating to the current or previous medical history of a patient.
3. Aiding memory; mnemonic.
amnesty (s) (noun), amnesties
1. A decision by officials that certain people will not be punished or that a specific group will be permitted to go free: "The government granted amnesty for all of the political prisoners."
2. A general overlooking or pardon of past offenses by a ruling authority: "The local library declared that there would be an amnesty from fines for all DVD's and books that are returned by a specified date."
anamnesis
1. The recalling of things past; recollection, reminiscence; remembering.
2. When capitalized: the section of Christian liturgies rehearsing the sacrifice of Christ and ending, "Do this in remembrance of me."
anamnestic
1. Recalling to mind; aiding the memory or recollection.
2. A proposed equivalent for mnemonic(s) or devices for remembering something.
antimnemonic
Prejudicial to the memory or working against memory.
ataxiamnesia, ataxiamnestic
Amnesia and ataxia in the same individual.

Ataxia refers to unsteadiness, incoordination, or disorganization of movements in the absence of paralysis.

autoanamnesis
A clinical history as provided by the patient, especially a psychiatric history.
automnesia
Spontaneous revival of memories of an earlier condition of one's life.
catamnesis
1. The medical history of a patient following an illness; the follow-up history.
2. The follow-up medical or psychiatric history of a patient after he/she is discharged from treatment or a hospital.
3. The history of a patient after the onset of medical or mental illness.

Etymologically related "forget, forgetfulness" word families: aletho-; letho-; oblivio-.

Related "memory, remembering" word families: memor-; reminisc-.