aphantasia

noun
aph·​an·​ta·​sia | \ ˌa-ˌfan-ˈtā-zh(ē-)ə How to pronounce aphantasia (audio) \

Definition of aphantasia

: the inability to form mental images of real or imaginary people, places, or things Derek has a condition called aphantasia, which means he is unable to voluntarily produce mental imagery.— Brooke McAfee

Other Words from aphantasia

aphantasic \ ˌa-​ˌfan-​ˈtā-​zik How to pronounce aphantasic (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of aphantasia

2015, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aphantasia

a- entry 2 + Greek phantasía "appearance to the consciousness, imagination" — more at fancy entry 2

Note: The term was introduced by Adam Zeman, et al., "Lives without imagery—congenital aphantasia," Cortex, vol. 73 (December, 2015), pp. 378-80.

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“Aphantasia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aphantasia. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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