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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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Here we show for the first time that an amnesic drug given in conjunction with memory reactivation transformed avoidance behavior to approach behavior in people with a real-life spider fear.
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They are not only blind and amnesic but also insane because they have not cheeped a single word against the silent economic genocide of the Iranian people who are being crushed under illegal and immoral sanctions.
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