autistic savant

noun

Definition of autistic savant

  1. :  a person affected with autism who exhibits exceptional skill or brilliance in some limited field (such as mathematics or music) She is not just autistic but an autistic savant, meaning that she has unusual cognitive abilities, such as a photographic memory and excellent spatial skills. — Kat McGowan

First Known Use of autistic savant

1978


Medical Dictionary

autistic savant

noun

Medical Definition of autistic savant

  1. :  a person affected with autism who exhibits exceptional skill or brilliance in some limited field (such as mathematics or music) She is not just autistic but an autistic savant, meaning that she has unusual cognitive abilities, such as a photographic memory and excellent spatial skills.—Kat McGowan, Discover, April 2013 Only rarely does an autistic savant come along who can memorize a phone book in 10 minutes or measure the exact height of a building by glancing at it.—Geoffrey Cowley, Newsweek, 31 July 2000


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