cog·​ni·​tion | \ käg-ˈni-shən How to pronounce cognition (audio) \

Definition of cognition

: cognitive mental processes A concussion impaired the patient's cognition. also : a product of these processes

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Other Words from cognition

cognitional \ käg-​ˈnish-​nəl How to pronounce cognitional (audio) , -​ˈni-​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of cognition in a Sentence

disabilities affecting cognition and judgment
Recent Examples on the Web And experts in language and cognition concurred, pointing out that a misplaced apostrophe was unlikely to confuse anybody, and, in fact, apostrophes could likely be eliminated from written English altogether with no ill effect. Author: Antonia Noori Farzan, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Ignorance and laziness’ win: Former editor ends battle to put the apostrophe in its correct place," 2 Dec. 2019 Depending on the level of cognition, Tirado said, a patient may not understand why an exam that feels physically intrusive is taking place. Elizabeth Heubeck,, "In Connecticut, many OB-GYN practices fall short in caring for women with disabilities," 29 Nov. 2019 That’s what cognition is all about, a hybrid architecture that combines different classes of thinking. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "The New Yorker," 25 May 2018 The intestinal microbiome has been shown to influence cognition and emotion, affecting moods and the state of psychiatric disorders, and even information processing. Quanta Magazine, "How Microbiomes Affect Fear," 4 Dec. 2019 Mercury is a neurotoxin and can have negative effects on unborn children, impacting development and cognition. Dennis Pillion |, al, "Are Alabama fish safe to eat? Here’s how the state decides," 2 Dec. 2019 Psychologists postulated that such a processing resource exists in the brain and is central to human cognition. Christof Koch, Scientific American, "Will Machines Ever Become Conscious?," 1 Dec. 2019 The data showed that patients who received aducanumab experienced significant benefits on measures of cognition and function, including memory, orientation and language, according to Biogen. Jamie Gumbrecht, CNN, "Drugmaker reverses course, plans to seek FDA approval for Alzheimer's treatment," 22 Oct. 2019 The project calls for 40 assisted living apartments, while 9,000-square-feet are being added for a memory care unit for residents with diminished cognition. William Thornton |, al, "Alabama looking at $1 billion from Opportunity Zone investments," 15 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of cognition

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cognition

Middle English cognicioun "comprehension, ability to comprehend," borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French cognicion "knowledge, jurisdiction," borrowed from Latin cognitiōn-, cognitiō "act of getting to know, comprehension, investigation," from cogni-, variant stem of cognōscere "to get to know, acquire knowledge of, become acquainted with, investigate" (from co- co- + gnōscere, nōscere "to get to know," inchoative derivative from Indo-European *ǵneh3-, *ǵṇh3- "to know, recognize") + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns — more at know entry 1

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“Cognition.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cognition

technical : conscious mental activities : the activities of thinking, understanding, learning, and remembering


cog·​ni·​tion | \ käg-ˈnish-ən How to pronounce cognition (audio) \

Medical Definition of cognition

1 : cognitive mental processes
2 : a conscious intellectual act conflict between cognitions

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