autistic savant

noun

Definition of autistic savant

: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

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1978


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autistic savant

noun

medical Definition of autistic savant

: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 McGowanDiscoverApril 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 CowleyNewsweek31 July 2000

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