Korsakoff's syndromeKor·sa·koff's syndrome
A syndrome of severe mental impairment characterized by loss of coordination, disorientation, and memory loss for which the patient compensates by confabulation. It is associated with thiamine deficiency, often caused by chronic alcoholism. Also called Korsakoff's psychosis.
Origin of Korsakoff's syndromeAfter Sergei Sergeevich Korsakoff, (1854–1900), Russian neurologist.
- (pathology) A form of amnesia that is seen in chronic alcoholics coupled with nutritional deficits.