Korsakoff's Syndrome Definition

kôrsə-kôfs, -kŏfs
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.
American Heritage

(pathology) A form of amnesia that is seen in chronic alcoholics coupled with nutritional deficits.


Origin of Korsakoff's Syndrome

  • After Sergei Sergeevich Korsakoff (1854–1900), Russian neurologist

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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