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 synesthesia (audio) \ adjective

Examples of synesthesia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His imagination is a comic synesthesia, assigning anthropomorphic traits to colors, objects, and design flaws. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "The Otherworldly Comedy of Julio Torres," 21 Dec. 2020 Calendar synesthesia, seen in 1 to 2 percent of the population, may involve the neural circuitry the authors describe. Scientific American, "Readers Respond to the February 2020 Issue," 1 June 2020 While planning an episode about rapper YG and his sound mix engineer Derek Ali, the producers mapped out a story line involving synesthesia, a condition in which people sometimes experience sound by seeing colors. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, "Quibi was already a gamble. Will the coronavirus crisis help or hurt the streaming service?," 1 Apr. 2020 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

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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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“Synesthesia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/synesthesia. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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synesthesia

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

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