savant syndrome

noun

: 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

Examples of savant syndrome in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The seventh and final season of ABC’s The Good Doctor, which follows a gifted surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, premiered Tuesday, while the second season of Netflix’s Love on the Spectrum has spent several weeks on Netflix’s Global Top 10 list. Kalia Richardson, Rolling Stone, 24 Feb. 2024 The show will end with its seventh season and a new timeslot on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. The groundbreaking series follows Highmore as Dr. Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome. Jay Stahl, USA TODAY, 11 Jan. 2024 The medical drama, which debuted in 2017, stars Freddie Highmore as Dr. Shaun Murphy, a young autistic surgeon who has savant syndrome and works in the surgical unit at the prestigious San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 19 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1983, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of savant syndrome was in 1983

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“Savant syndrome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/savant%20syndrome. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

savant syndrome

noun
: 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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