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)

catamnesis (s) (noun), catamneses (pl)
1. The follow-up medical, or also a psychiatric, history after a person is discharged from special treatment or a hospital: Jane kept a copy of the catamnesis, which was the information collected by the doctor's questions and was useful in providing a diagnosis and her follow-up medical care.
2. The case history of a patient after the onset of a medical or a mental illness, or following an illness: Dr. Smith didn't use the term catamnesis, but used the term medical record, to describe the questions he asked Sam and Sam's answers regarding his health situation, in addition to the physical exams that had taken place.
cryptanamnesia (s) (noun), cryptanamnesias (pl)
A subconscious memory or a completely forgotten memory of something that had happened to someone: Irene felt that she had a cryptanamnesia about what had happened to her before she talked to her medical doctor, not the experiences of sight or hearing or any of the senses, but the ones which were hidden or suppressed in her mind.
cryptomnesia (s) (noun) (no plural)
A recollection to the mind about a forgotten situation that seems entirely new to the person: Timothy sat and thought about how his new painting should represent the hillside, not realising that he was experiencing cryptomnesia because the exact view, as a painting, was already hanging in the little museum of the town!
cryptomnesic (adjective); more cryptomnesic, most cryptomnesic
A reference to the reappearance of things that are forgotten or have been suppressed and appear to be completely new: The cryptomnesic difficulties Jane was having in her marriage she thought were unprecedented in her life, but they actually had happened to her parents' marriage as well.
dysmnesia (s) (noun) (no plural)
Any impairment of memory, as having a bad memory: Lynn's grandmother was getting very old and suffered from dysmnesia because she had difficulties telling her grandchildren about her experiences as a young lady!
ecmnesia (s) (noun), ecmnesias (pl)
1. A loss of memory about the events of a particular period of time: Grace's grandfather, suffering from ecmnesia, could remember what happened before his accident, and could remember being home again, but he couldn't remember the accident itself or how it happened.
2. An impairment of memory for recent events with normal remembrance for past events: Ecmnesia is a form of amnesia in which the patient can remember occurrences from bygone times, but not those that have taken place during his or her present time.
hieromnemon (s) (noun), hieromnemons (pl)
Historically, someone who was in charge of religious matters: The hieromnemon was a record-keeper or secretary sent to every state by the Amphictyonic Council and was accompanied by a minister or also a deputy.
hypermnesia (s) (noun), hypermnesias (pl)
1. An unusually exact or detailed memory, often correlated with certain mental illnesses: When Janet had her 50th birthday, she discovered that she could recall and recite the poem she had memorised in elementary school, and her friends thought she had a case of hypermnesia!
2. An abnormally vivid remembrance of impressions apparently long forgotten: Some people experience hypermnesia when in an extreme situation, as in a moment of great danger when drowning.
3. A capacity under hypnosis for immediate registration and a precise recall of many more individual things than is thought possible under ordinary circumstances: The study of patients in a condition of sleep, which had been produced by suggestion, showed that their memories were extremely vivid and complete, and therefore supporting the fact of hypermnesia.
4. An extreme retentiveness or unusual clarity of memory: Although Tom's mother was very old and severely sick, she evidently had hypermnesia and remembered the exact composition and date of the recital where her piano teacher played when she was in college.
hypermnestic (adjective); more hypermnestic, most hypermnestic
A reference to or characterized by the ability to recall things to a greater than normal degree: Dr. Atherton was certainly impressed when Mrs. Smith, who was 92 years old, exhibited a hypermnestic memory of her childhood experiences including all the details of food, smells, games, friends, etc.
hypomnesia (s) (noun), hypomnesias (pl)
A person's faulty and unsound memory: Jack suffered from hypomnesia because his powers of recall were totally impaired and defective.
hypomnestic (adjective); more hypomnestic, most hypomnestic
Pertaining to an impaired memory: Mary was wondering if her grandmother suffered from a hypomnestic recollection of her experience during the terrible train crash in her past, or if what she was relating had really happened!
lapsus memoriae (s) (noun) (no plural)
A defect of the memory, sometimes considered to be a symptom of a mental illness: A lapsus memoriae is an involuntary mistake that is made while writing or speaking.

    In literature, a number of different types of lapsus memoriae are named depending on the mode of correspondence:

  1. lapsus linguae: a slip of the tongue.
  2. lapsus calami: a slip of the pen.
  3. With the variation of lapsus clavis: slip of the typewriter.

  4. lapsus manus: slip of the hand, similar to lapsus calami.
logamnesia (s) (noun), logamnesias (pl)
A defect or loss of the power of expression by speech or writing: Terry had a condition of logamnesia because he was unable to recognize spoken or written words by other people, and he was incapable of remembering common words which he knew before his situation came into existence.
mnemasthenia (s) (noun), mnemasthenias (pl)
A weakness of memory or a weakness of remembering events in the near past: Greg's great-grandfather's doctor diagnosed him as having mnemasthenia because he had a lot of trouble trying to recall what took place in previous times, and it wasn't due to any organic disease.
mneme (s) (noun), mnemes (pl)
A persisting effect of the retention or recollection of past occurrences: Some people have mnemes that make it easier to remember many things that others easily forget.

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

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