cognition

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noun cog·ni·tion \käg-ˈni-shən\

Definition of cognition

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

cognitional

play \käg-ˈnish-nəl, -ˈni-shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of cognition in a Sentence

  1. disabilities affecting cognition and judgment

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Origin and Etymology of 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 1know


COGNITION Defined for English Language Learners

cognition

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Definition of cognition for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

cognition

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noun cog·ni·tion \käg-ˈnish-ən\

Medical Definition of cognition

  1. 1:  cognitive mental processes

  2. 2:  a conscious intellectual act conflict between cognitions



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