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Noun, pl. memories

1. The area of cognitive psychology that studies memory processes. (

2. That faculty by which sensations, impressions, and ideas are stored and recalled. (

3. Complex mental function having four distinct phases:

a. memorizing or learning
b. retention,
c. recall
d. recognition.

Clinically, it is usually subdivided into immediate, recent, and remote memory. The area of cognitive psychology that studies memory processes; he taught a graduate course on learning and memory.The cognitive processes whereby past experience is remembered; he can do it from memory; he enjoyed remembering his father.The power of retaining and recalling past experience; he had a good memory when he was younger.The recollection of past events and experiences stored from learning and instinctive behaviour.


3. Persistent modification of behavior resulting from experience. (The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary)

4. The capacity of a material, such as plastic or metal, to return to a previous shape after deformation. (The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary)

5. The capability of the immune system to produce a specific secondary response to an antigen it has previously encountered. (The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary)

6. A general term for a device that stores data in binary code on electronic or magnetic media in computers. (Mosby’s Dental Dictionary, 2nd edition)

Word origin: From Latin memoria “memory, remembrance, faculty of remembering,” noun of quality from memor “mindful, remembering,”

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