prosopagnosia

noun

pros·​op·​ag·​no·​sia ˌprä-sə-pag-ˈnō-zhə How to pronounce prosopagnosia (audio)
medical
: a form of visual agnosia characterized by an inability to recognize faces

Examples of prosopagnosia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web People tend to compensate for prosopagnosia by relying on others, or tricks. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 13 Mar. 2023 The first — developmental prosopagnosia — according to the Prosopagnosia Research Center, is a result of neurodevelopmental impairments that prevent the brain from developing the ability to recognize faces. Monica Cull, Discover Magazine, 8 July 2022 Those with prosopagnosia can typically identify emotion on a face and judge the person's gender, age and attractiveness. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 13 Mar. 2023 What is prosopagnosia? CBS News, 8 July 2022 Now an odd new neurologic symptom has been documented for the first time: prosopagnosia. Erin Prater, Fortune Well, 14 Mar. 2023 People with autism have a two- or three-fold higher chance of also having prosopagnosia compared to the general population. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 13 Mar. 2023 Developmental prosopagnosia can be hereditary and can sometimes go unnoticed in those who have it because they were born with the disorder. Monica Cull, Discover Magazine, 8 July 2022 People with prosopagnosia, or face blindness, typically avoid social interactions and can develop social anxiety disorder. Vanessa Etienne, PEOPLE.com, 7 July 2022

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prosopagnosia was in 1950

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Cite this Entry

“Prosopagnosia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prosopagnosia. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

prosopagnosia

noun
pros·​op·​ag·​no·​sia ˌpräs-əp-ag-ˈnō-zhə How to pronounce prosopagnosia (audio)
: a form of visual agnosia characterized by an inability to recognize faces
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