synesthesia

noun

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

Examples of synesthesia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mancuso has synesthesia, a perceptual condition in which any one kind of sensory stimulation can spark spontaneous reactions in another. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Apr. 2024 But the driving force of the movie is synesthesia, a condition when your brain processes input through unrelated senses, like connecting letters with taste or someone’s name with a color. Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 4 Apr. 2024 The mystical Russian composer experienced synesthesia, the neurological condition in which the brain involuntarily associates one sense with another. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 6 Mar. 2024 The authors suggest that grapheme-color synesthesia, for instance, might represent a kind of vivid memory of colored alphabet blocks or fridge magnets. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 21 Apr. 2015 People with hyper-visual brains often have synesthesia, Zeman said, in which the brain experiences more than one sense simultaneously, such as tasting colors, feeling sounds or assigning specific colors to numbers and letters. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 27 Mar. 2024 Instead, drawing on Rudy’s synesthesia, the film bursts to life in sequences where the surrounding environment — a nearby basketball game, kids playing jump rope, a lively game of checkers at the park — all become part of a symphony. Cat Cardenas, Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 2024 Others have synesthesia and see colors or numbers decorating their perception. Shayla Love, Discover Magazine, 7 Dec. 2023 This opens the door to the idea that, to some extent, synesthesia can be learned. Mark Travers, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

circa 1891, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
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 22 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

synesthesia

noun
syn·​es·​the·​sia
variants or chiefly British synaesthesia
: 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
synesthetic adjective
or chiefly British synaesthetic

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