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Déjà vu was the term – from the French language for "already seen" – used to describe the experience of feeling that the current situation has occurred before. The corresponding term in Klingonese was "nIb'poH." Tuvok referred to the phenomenon as a "paradoxical state-dependent associative phenomenon." The experience of déjà vu is also associated with the phenomenon of alternate realities. (ENT: "Future Tense"; TNG: "Cause and Effect"; VOY: "Favorite Son")

In 2368, the explosion of the warp core of the USS Enterprise-D next to a highly localized temporal distortion triggered a temporal causality loop. The loop made the crew of the Enterprise relive the same twenty-hours over and over again inside an independent fragment of time. Every time the loop repeated, the memories of the crew "reset" until eventually memories of previous loops began imprinting themselves to persons inside the loop, manifesting first in a form similar to déjà vu. (TNG: "Cause and Effect")

In 2373, Ensign Harry Kim claimed that the USS Voyager had already visited the Taresian homeworld. Kim felt an alternate reality might explain the intense sense of déjà vu regarding the region of space in the Delta Quadrant, until a Taresian retrovirus was found to be the actual cause of the unexplained memories in his brain. (VOY: "Favorite Son")

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