synesthesia

noun
syn·es·the·sia | \ ˌsi-nəs-ˈthē-zh(ē-)ə \

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 \ adjective

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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 Researchers have reported these extraordinary cases of sensory mixing, called synesthesia—loosely translated to perceived together—for more than 130 years. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "There are people who hear color—and they may have hyper-connected brains," 7 Mar. 2018 However, conditions like synesthesia, color blindness and tone deafness are a few minor examples to the contrary. Philip Chard, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A cardinal's song, or a spiritual experience?," 5 July 2018 That’s probably what gives you synesthesia, the ability to see a flavor or feel a sound. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Author Michael Pollan on Recode Decode," 22 May 2018 The 27-year-old painter and Lee’s Summit native has a form of synesthesia, a cross-wiring of the brain where a stimulus in one sense provokes a response in another. David Frese, kansascity, "Meet an artist who sees orange in Michael Jackson songs and blue in the letter A | The Kansas City Star," 12 Apr. 2018 Even people with the same type of synesthesia can have totally different internal landscapes. David Frese, kansascity, "Meet an artist who sees orange in Michael Jackson songs and blue in the letter A | The Kansas City Star," 12 Apr. 2018 These families all had the same common type of synesthesia that couples sounds with colors. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "There are people who hear color—and they may have hyper-connected brains," 7 Mar. 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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synesthesia

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

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 \ adjective

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