pros·​op·​ag·​no·​sia | \ ˌprä-sə-pag-ˈnō-zhə How to pronounce prosopagnosia (audio) \

Definition of prosopagnosia

: a form of visual agnosia characterized by an inability to recognize faces

Examples of prosopagnosia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Face blindness, or prosopagnosia, is an inability to recognize people’s faces. Washington Post, 20 Aug. 2021 His mastery of portraiture was all the more remarkable given his prosopagnosia -- or face blindness -- a condition that prevented him from recognizing or recalling people's faces. CNN, 20 Aug. 2021 Face blindness, or prosopagnosia, is a neurological condition resulting in trouble identifying human faces. Daniel Gibbs, Scientific American, 21 Apr. 2021 Face blindness—technically known as prosopagnosia—is a neurological disorder that refers to the inability to recognize faces, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). Claire Gillespie,, 9 Sep. 2020 Damage to this area results in face blindness, or prosopagnosia, which in the most severe cases makes sufferers unable to recognize themselves in pictures and even mirrors. Susana Martinez-conde, Scientific American, 1 May 2020 Alice has a condition called face blindness, also known as prosopagnosia. Sarah Bate, Scientific American, 26 Dec. 2019 For example, people with prosopagnosia may have reduced connectivity between brain regions in the face processing network. Karen Lander, Quartz, 6 Oct. 2019 During the scenes in the underground lab, Bernard runs a diagnostic on himself that returns a list of critical failures, including time slippage, cognitive dissonance, and prosopagnosia. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of prosopagnosia

1950, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prosopagnosia

borrowed from German Prosopagnosie, from Greek prósōpon "face, mask, person" + German Agnosie agnosia — more at prosopopoeia

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Medical Definition of prosopagnosia

: a form of visual agnosia characterized by an inability to recognize faces


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