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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A man suffering from amnesia was identified by his sister, who saw his picture on television.
▪ Again he began to wonder if he was suffering from amnesia.
▪ For a time, he had amnesia.
▪ He harvested a magnetic puff of amnesia. 2.
▪ It would evaporate in institutional amnesia. 15 Banana-Now Time Reengineering and redesign often focus on time compression.
▪ She was suffering amnesia and taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital.
▪ The woman, who was wearing a camel coat, is suffering amnesia and can give no details of her identity.
▪ We may never have amnesia or know anyone who suffers from it.
▪ When a new consciousness is brought about it shouldn't bring about historical amnesia as it often does.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

amnesia \am*ne"si*a\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. 'amnhsi`a; 'a priv. + mna^sqai to remember.] (Med.) Forgetfulness; also, a defect of speech, from cerebral disease, in which the patient substitutes wrong words or names in the place of those he wishes to employ.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"loss of memory," 1786 (as a Greek word in English from 1670s), Modern Latin, coined from Greek amnesia "forgetfulness," from a-, privative prefix, "not" (see a- (3)) + mimneskesthai "to recall, cause to remember," a reduplicated form related to Greek mnemnon "mindful," mneme "memory," mnasthai "to remember;" from PIE root *men- "to think, remember" (see mind (n.)).


n. (context pathology English) loss of memory; forgetfulness.


n. partial or total loss of memory; "he has a total blackout for events of the evening" [syn: memory loss, blackout]

Amnesia (video game)

Amnesia is a text adventure by Cognetics Corporation. It was written by science fiction author Thomas M. Disch and programmed by Kevin Bentley. It was published by Electronic Arts (EA) for DOS and Apple II. A version for Commodore 64 was released in .

Amnesia (Richard Thompson album)

Amnesia is the fifth studio album by Richard Thompson, recorded and released in 1988.

After Across a Crowded Room and Daring Adventures had not troubled the compilers of hit parades, Polydor declined their option to renew their contract with Thompson. Thompson's then manager Gary Stamler negotiated a deal with Capitol Records and Thompson cut his first album for his new label in 1988.

This was a good time for Thompson to be at Capitol. The label was managed by Hale Milgrim at the time and Milgrim was a fan of Thompson and his work. Thus Capitol invested more money and effort into promoting Thompson than had been the case in the past and with other labels.

Mitchell Froom was retained as producer, and the album was again recorded in Los Angeles with American session musicians providing most of the backing. Thompson still used British players to lend specifically British touches to some songs. In particular long-time collaborators John Kirkpatrick, Aly Bain and Philip Pickett are used, and members of the Fairey Engineering Band provide a brass backing to I Still Dream that owes more to the Salvation Army than it does to Memphis or any other American centre of music.

Amnesia (nightclub)

Amnesia is one of several internationally renowned clubs in Ibiza. It opened in 1976 and Cream founded by Joseph Mullen who took over the club in 1995 the venue was awarded Best Global Club in 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999 IDMA Awards in Miami. The club is located close to the village of San Rafael on the highway between Sant Antoni de Portmany and Ibiza Town. The venue can host more than 5,000 people on the dance floors. Today, the previously open-air terrace is closed, but light still floods in as sunrise approaches.

Amnesia (disambiguation)

Amnesia refers to a variety of conditions in which memory is lost or disturbed.

Amnesia may also refer to:

Amnèsia (2002 film)

Amnèsia is an Italian comedy-drama film directed by Gabriele Salvatores and released in 2002.

Amnesia (comics)

"Amnesia" is an 8-page comic by Al Columbia. It was published in the twentieth issue (September/October 1997) of Zero Zero.

Amnesia (game show)

Amnesia (stylized as Amne$ia) is an American television game show that aired on Fridays at 8:00 PM ET on NBC, after debuting on February 22, 2008 at 9:00 PM ET after 1 vs. 100. Contestants win money by answering questions about their own lives. The program was produced by Mark Burnett, producer of other shows like Survivor, The Apprentice, and Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, and was hosted by comedian Dennis Miller. Contestants were able to win up to $250,000.

Amnesia (Cherish song)

"Amnesia" is the title of the second and final single released from Cherish's second album, The Truth. Cherish confirmed this on their blog on March 9, 2008, and announced March 27 that the single's video would be in production the following month. The video premiered on BET's Access Granted on May 6. The single debuted at #100 on Billboards Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, then rising up to #61. The song failed to chart inside the Billboard Hot 100, becoming a commercial failure for the band and their label.

Amnesia (Chumbawamba song)

"Amnesia" is the second single from Chumbawamba's album Tubthumper, released on January 28, 1998. The song's lyrical content addresses the sense of betrayal that English leftists felt during the rise of New Labour. It features a number of remixes, including a remix for the radio and video versions of the song which removed much of the heavy guitar from the song. The song charted at #10 in the UK, while it reached #101 in the US, via Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.

A music video of the single remix was released to promote the song.

Amnesia (Skepta song)

"Amnesia" is a song by British MC Skepta. It was released on 27 February 2011 in the United Kingdom. It is the fifth single released Skepta's third album Doin' It Again. It reached number 164 on the UK Singles Chart.


Amnesia , also known as amnesic syndrome, is a deficit in memory caused by brain damage, disease, or psychological trauma. Amnesia can also be caused temporarily by the use of various sedatives and hypnotic drugs. Essentially, amnesia is loss of memory. The memory can be either wholly or partially lost due to the extent of damage that was caused. There are two main types of amnesia: retrograde amnesia and anterograde amnesia. Retrograde amnesia is the inability to retrieve information that was acquired before a particular date, usually the date of an accident or operation. In some cases the memory loss can extend back decades, while in others the person may lose only a few months of memory. Anterograde amnesia is the inability to transfer new information from the short-term store into the long-term store. People with this type of amnesia cannot remember things for long periods of time. These two types are not mutually exclusive. Both can occur within a patient at one time. Case studies, such as that of patient R.B., show that both types of amnesia can occur simultaneously. Case studies also show that amnesia is typically associated with damage to the medial temporal lobe. In addition, specific areas of the hippocampus (the CA1 region) are involved with memory. Research has also shown that when areas of the diencephalon are damaged, amnesia can occur. Recent studies have shown a correlation between deficiency of RbAp48 protein and memory loss. Scientists were able to find that mice with damaged memory have a lower level of RbAp48 protein compared to normal, healthy mice. In people suffering with amnesia, the ability to recall immediate information is still retained, and they may still be able to form new memories. However, a severe reduction in the ability to learn new material and retrieve old information can be observed. Patients can learn new procedural knowledge. In addition, priming (both perceptual and conceptual) can assist amnesiacs in the learning of fresh non-declarative knowledge. Amnesic patients also retain substantial intellectual, linguistic, and social skill despite profound impairments in the ability to recall specific information encountered in prior learning episodes.

Amnesia (novel)

Amnesia is a 1994 novel by Douglas Anthony Cooper and is his debut novel. The book was published in March 1994 by Hyperion Books and is the first entry in the Izzy Darlow series.

Amnesia (EP)

Amnesia is the first EP from Philadelphia's Paint It Black. It was released by Bridge 9 Records on June 16, 2009. It was released as a 7" single and a digital download. It is the first of two EPs the band plans to release in 2009

Amnesia (José José song)

"Amnesia" is a song written by Chico Novarro and Dino Ramos, produced by Oscar Lopez and performed by Mexican singer José José. The song was originally recorded by Argentinean singer and composer Chico Novarro in his album Que Salga El Autor, released in 1976, and by Puerto Rican singer, composer and actress Yolandita Monge in her album En Su Intimidad, released in 1978. It was released later as the lead single from José José's album En las Buenas... y en las Malas (1990), and became his fourth number-one single in the Billboard Top Latin Songs chart.

The song debuted in the Billboard Top Latin Songs chart (formerly Hot Latin Tracks) at number 17 in the week of July 7, 1990, climbing to the top ten three weeks later, peaking at number one on September 29, 1990, holding this position for one week, replacing " ¿Por Qué Te Tengo Que Olvidar?" by Puerto Rican American singer José Feliciano, and being succeeded at the top by Myriam Hernández's " Peligroso Amor". As part of the Latin Grammy tribute to José José in 2008, Puerto Rican singer Gilberto Santa Rosa performed the song live as a bolero.

Chart (1990)


US Billboard Hot Latin Songs


Amnesia (Hamlet album)

Amnesia is the tenth studio album by Spanish metal band Hamlet. The album was recorded and produced in Spain with producer Carlos Santos at Sadman Studios, and mixed and mastered in Sweden by Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman ( In Flames, Soilwork, Opeth).

Amnesia (KMFDM song)

"Amnesia" is a song by industrial band KMFDM from their album WTF?! It was released as a single on May 22, 2012 in North America, and on May 25, 2012 in Europe.

Amnesia (Pousette-Dart Band album)

Amnesia is an album by the rock band Pousette-Dart Band, released in 1977. The album drew a mostly negative review from David Cleary of Allmusic, who awarded the album 2.5 stars. He called it "bland" and the lyrics "noncommittal", and compared it to The Eagles and James Taylor. He said that "Yaicha" was "easily the album's best song," and "a brief and lovely singer-songwriter number with an attractive melody and intriguing chord changes."

Amnesia (TV series)

Amnesia was a one-off British crime drama television mini-series broadcast on ITV1 in March 2004, starring John Hannah as the protagonist, D.S. Mackenzie Stone, whose wife disappeared without trace three months ago. Written by Chris Lang and directed by Nicholas Laughland, the series gathered an average of 4m viewers.

The DVD of the series was released on October 4, 2004, a week prior to broadcast. In the United States, the series aired on PBS as part of the Masterpiece Mystery! block of programming.

Amnesia (visual novel)

is a Japanese visual novel series by Idea Factory. It was first released on August 18, 2011 for PlayStation Portable, and then a fan disc in Japan, Amnesia Later, was released on March 15, 2012. Another sequel titled Amnesia Crowd was released on April 18, 2013. They were later combined for a PlayStation Vita release titled "Amnesia Later x Crowd V Edition" on October 16, 2014. Since this series is well received in Japan, it produced various related merchandise such as drama CDs, character music CDs and books. A 2013 anime television series has been produced by Brain's Base. A PlayStation Vita game has been announced.

Amnesia (5 Seconds of Summer song)

"Amnesia" is a song recorded by Australian band 5 Seconds of Summer, taken from their self-titled debut album 5 Seconds of Summer (2014). The mellow pop rock slow jam was announced as a new single during a live stream by the band on 1 July 2014, and was released to American contemporary hit radio as the third single from the album on 15 July 2014.

Amnesia (2015 film)

Amnesia is a 2015 Swiss-French drama film directed by Barbet Schroeder. It has been selected to screen in the Special Screenings section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

Amnesia (Carey novel)

Amnesia is a 2014 novel by Australian author Peter Carey.

Amnesia (1994 film)

Amnesia is a 1994 Chilean drama film directed by Gonzalo Justiniano. The film was selected as the Chilean entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 67th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.

Usage examples of "amnesia".

Why had it taken her so long to realize that her amnesia left her vulnerable, at the mercy of anyone who chose to manipulate her?

I thought someone was accusing me of faking amnesia, but what if the person who sent this note is accusing me of being an imposter?

I plan to have a huge party, and then develop an acute attack of amnesia for the next ten years.

Matthew Bradford, remember, or is your amnesia giving you problems again?

He said he saw no reason why such a retrograde amnesia should not thrust backward decades, or almost a whole lifetime.

But none of us had ever encountered, even imagined, such a power of amnesia, the possibility of a pit into which everything, every experience, every event, would fathomlessly drop, a bottomless memory-hole that would engulf the whole world.

Abysses of amnesia continually opened beneath him, but he would bridge them, nimbly, by fluent confabulations and fictions of all kinds.

Liysa had outlined her very detailed plot to fake amnesia so that she could break up with Tim without any recriminations.

Instead, she had faked a histrionic attack of amnesia, like something right out of a soap opera.

Liysa told Nick about her affair with Tim Sands and explained to him about her attack of amnesia that ended it.

When Remy awakes, she is suffering from amnesia, and so at first she is bewildered by the potent attraction she feels toward the strangely familiar man who whisks her from her hospital bed and returns her safely to her home.

Because amnesia or not, you have an incredibly strong sense of family.

South were palaces, museums, thought-cathedrals, living-pools and amnesia wombs.

I beat the bush to flush out whoever was behind my amnesia, I got you.

You well know why you agree with the reasons for the amnesia, and the benefit you enjoy.