retrograde amnesia

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Loss of memory for events or experiences before a traumatic event or incident that causes the amnesia. The memories are generally recovered gradually over time, starting with early memories, and the traumatic event itself is often, though not always, recalled eventually. See also global amnesia, next-in-line effect, transient global amnesia. Compare anterograde amnesia. [From Latin retro behind + gradus a step]

Subjects: Psychology.

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