savant syndrome

noun

Definition of savant syndrome

: the condition in which a person having a developmental disorder (such as autism or intellectual disability) exhibits exceptional skill or brilliance in some limited field (such as mathematics or music) People with savant syndrome, for example, often score low on intelligence tests but have an island of brilliance—some incredible ability, as in computation, drawing or musical memory …— David G. Myers

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1983, in the meaning defined above

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“Savant syndrome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/savant%20syndrome. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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savant syndrome

noun

Medical Definition of savant syndrome

: the condition in which a person having a developmental disorder (as autism or intellectual disability) exhibits exceptional skill or brilliance in some limited field (as mathematics or music) People with savant syndrome, for example, often score low on intelligence tests but have an island of brilliance—some incredible ability, as in computation, drawing or musical memory.— David G. Myers

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