Semantic memory refers to the memory of meanings, understandings , and other concept-based knowledge unrelated to specific experiences. The conscious recollection of factual information and general knowledge about the world,  generally thought to be independent of context and personal relevance. Semantic and episodic memory together make up the category of declarative memory , which is one of the two major divisions in memory. The counterpart to declarative, or explicit memory, is procedural memory , or implicit memory. Semantic memory includes generalized knowledge that does not involve memory of a specific event. For instance, you can answer a question like "Are wrenches pets or tools?
By: Nicole Beasley. Medically Reviewed By: Aaron Horn. Semantic memory is arguably the most important part of long-term memory.
Background: Language impairment in Alzheimer's disease occurs early, and language function deteriorates with progression of the illness to cause significant disability. This review focuses on language dysfunction in Alzheimer's disease and the contribution of semantic memory impairment. Methods: Electronic publication databases were searched for literature relevant to the review. Additionally, individual references were examined to elicit further studies not found by online search.
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