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Partial or total loss of memory, usually resulting from shock, psychological disturbance, brain injury, or illness.

[Greek amnēsiā, forgetfulness, probably alteration of amnēstiā, from amnēstos, not remembered : a-, not; see a-1 + mimnēskein, mnē-, to remember; see men- in Indo-European roots.]

am·ne′si·ac′ (-nē′zē-ăk′, -zhē-ăk′), am·ne′sic (-zĭk, -sĭk) n. & adj.
am·nes′tic (-nĕs′tĭk) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.amnesic - a person suffering from amnesiaamnesic - a person suffering from amnesia  
handicapped person - a person who has some condition that markedly restricts their ability to function physically or mentally or socially
Adj.1.amnesic - of or relating to or caused by amnesiaamnesic - of or relating to or caused by amnesia
2.amnesic - suffering from a partial loss of memoryamnesic - suffering from a partial loss of memory
unmindful, forgetful, mindless - not mindful or attentive; "while thus unmindful of his steps he stumbled"- G.B.Shaw


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One of the cons of the city, for example, is its amnesic memory.
In humans, the toxin can cause diarrhea and vomiting and, in rare cases, trigger a bizarre condition called amnesic shellfish poisoning, which can result in permanent loss of short-term memory.
This recall is being initiated because levels of the toxin that cause Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning (ASP) exceeded the established threshold of 20 ppm.
The Long Kiss Goodnight saw Geena Davis playing an amnesic mother suddenly recalling her past as a hit-woman while trying to protect her daughter from her enemies.
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In humans, it can cause memory loss or amnesic shellfish poisoning.
It causes amnesic shellfish poisoning in humans after consumption of contaminated shellfish.
The strategic imperatives behind Manila's muted jubilation in response to the ruling are justifiable, but the shortsighted, amnesic foreign policy reaction to accommodate China is inexplicable.
Ingesting the toxin can lead to amnesic shellfish poisoning, or ASP, which can cause diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting, (http://www.
Second, from psychiatry: "a period during which a person suffers from loss of memory, often begins a new life, and, upon recovery, remembers nothing of the amnesic phase.
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In a stroke of amnesic argumentation, the two dropped the Communist Party's most pointed and accurate criticisms of the colonial state and its heritage in favour of the abortive politics of frustration with the 'satanical' National Congress Party (NCP).