the theory that stimuli or irritants leave definite traces (engrams) on the protoplasm of the animal, and when these stimuli are regularly repeated they induce a habit that persists after the stimuli cease.
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mnemic theoryA scientifically naïve, long-abandoned proposal that certain types of memory are inscribed in the protoplasm of plant and animal cells in the form of a nebulously defined unit or engram, which could then be transmitted to the parent organism's progeny.
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