agnosia

noun

ag·​no·​sia ag-ˈnō-zhə How to pronounce agnosia (audio)
-shə
: loss or diminution of the ability to recognize familiar objects or stimuli usually as a result of brain damage

Examples of agnosia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lab Rat has a great post on Trojan horse predators – bacteria that kill worms by letting themselves get eaten New Scientist has a good introductory feature into agnosias and the many interesting ways in which brain damage can cause visual problems. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 28 Aug. 2010

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from German Agnosie, borrowed from Greek agnōsía "lack of knowledge, ignorance," from a- a- entry 2 + -gnōsia (from gnôsis "knowledge" + -ia -ia entry 1) — more at gnosis

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of agnosia was in 1883

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Cite this Entry

“Agnosia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/agnosia. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

agnosia

noun
ag·​no·​sia ag-ˈnō-zhə How to pronounce agnosia (audio) -shə How to pronounce agnosia (audio)
: loss or diminution of the ability to recognize familiar objects or stimuli usually as a result of brain damage see visual agnosia

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