mnaemic hypothesismedical dictionary

The theory that stimuli or irritants leave definite traces (engrams) on the protoplasm of the animal or plant, and when these stimuli are regularly repeated they induce a habit which persists after the stimuli cease; assuming that the germ cells share with the nerve cells in the possession of engrams, acquired habits may thus be transmitted to the descendants.

Synonyms: mnaemic theory, mnemism, Semon-Hering theory.

American spelling: mnemic hypothesis

(05 Mar 2000)

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