Definition of anterograde in US English:



  • 1Directed forward in time.

    The opposite of retrograde
    1. 1.1 Of or denoting a type of amnesia involving inability to remember any new information.
      • ‘Following these subtle changes, anterograde memory impairments without any obvious sensory, motor, or motivational deficits are the defining feature of the early stages of this disorder.’
      • ‘‘Your father,’ she continued, ‘has something called anterograde amnesia.’’
      • ‘Discrete damage to the brain, especially to parts of the interior surface of the temporal lobes of the cerebral hemispheres, can also cause profound anterograde amnesia.’
      • ‘Along with these ‘desired’ effects, users also commonly experience confusion, anterograde amnesia, and delirium.’
      • ‘On the day that patients regained consciousness, most had no residual disability, although some seemed to have retrograde or anterograde amnesia.’


Late 19th century: from anterior, on the pattern of retrograde.