synesthesia

noun
syn·​es·​the·​sia | \ ˌsi-nəs-ˈthē-zh(ē-)ə How to pronounce synesthesia (audio) \

Definition of synesthesia

1 : a concomitant sensation especially : a subjective sensation or image of a sense (as of color) other than the one (as of sound) being stimulated
2 : the condition marked by the experience of such sensations

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Other Words from synesthesia

synesthetic \ ˌsi-​nəs-​ˈthe-​tik How to pronounce synesthetic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of synesthesia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While researching synesthesia—a brain quirk where different senses overlap to create colorful music or strange-​tasting names—​one of her subjects described an additional sensation in response to certain sounds: a tingle. Popular Science, "Unlocking the mysterious ecstasy of ASMR—and its agonizing cousin," 18 Dec. 2019 After letting synesthesia's existence settle in for a minute or two, Nars changes his mind. Devon Abelman, Allure, "The Real Story Behind François Nars and the Iconic Orgasm Blush," 23 July 2019 It was inspired by the condition synesthesia, which Kandinsky had. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "This Summer, Play Nine Holes at This ‘Art Course’ in Kansas City," 11 June 2019 Twenty years ago, beloved makeup artist François Nars created a color that people all over the world automatically connect with orgasms — no synesthesia necessary. Devon Abelman, Allure, "The Real Story Behind François Nars and the Iconic Orgasm Blush," 23 July 2019 And the third, one of the most common and well-studied forms, is grapheme-color synesthesia, in which numbers and letters are associated with certain colors. Cari Romm, The Cut, "I Can’t Stop Reading This Twitter Thread on People Who Literally See Time," 10 May 2018 Our hope was that the DNA data might point to shared biological processes as candidates for involvement in synesthesia. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Unraveling the Genetics Behind Why Some People “See” Sound and “Hear” Color," 12 Mar. 2018 For now, however, the biological basis of this synesthesia remains unknown. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "Why Some People “Hear” Silent GIFs," 21 Mar. 2018 In people with synesthesia, activation of one sense triggers perception of another. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Can you hear these silent GIFs? You may have a new form of synesthesia.," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of synesthesia

circa 1891, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for synesthesia

New Latin, from syn- + -esthesia (as in anesthesia)

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The first known use of synesthesia was circa 1891

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Last Updated

23 Jan 2020

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“Synesthesia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/synesthesia. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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synesthesia

noun
syn·​es·​the·​sia
variants: or chiefly British synaesthesia \ ˌsin-​əs-​ˈthē-​zh(ē-​)ə How to pronounce synaesthesia (audio) \

Medical Definition of synesthesia

: a concomitant sensation and especially a subjective sensation or image of a sense (as of color) other than the one (as of sound) being stimulated also : the condition marked by the experience of such sensations

Other Words from synesthesia

synesthetic or chiefly British synaesthetic \ -​ˈthet-​ik How to pronounce synaesthetic (audio) \ adjective

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