Korsakoff syndrome

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Kor·sa·koff syndrome

 (kôr′sə-kôf′, -kŏf′) also Kor·sa·koff's syndrome (-kôfs′, -kŏfs′)
n.
A neurological syndrome characterized by loss of coordination, disorientation, and memory loss, often accompanied by confabulation. It results from thiamine deficiency, which can be caused by chronic alcoholism, malnutrition, or other factors. Also called Korsakoff psychosis.

[After Sergei Sergeevich Korsakoff (1854-1900), Russian neurologist.]
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