syn·​es·​thete | \ ˈsi-nəs-ˌthēt How to pronounce synesthete (audio) \

Definition of synesthete

: a person affected with synesthesia

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Recent Examples on the Web None of those were the same across all synesthetes in all three families. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "There are people who hear color—and they may have hyper-connected brains," 7 Mar. 2018 One dominant theory, though, is that the brains of synesthetes have more connections than usual between different areas designated for different functions. Cari Romm, The Cut, "I Can’t Stop Reading This Twitter Thread on People Who Literally See Time," 10 May 2018 The ability may seem intriguing, but why should someone who might never experience the world as synesthetes do care about this research? Kate Sheridan, Newsweek, "Do Numbers Have Color? Mysterious Synesthesia Abilities Tied to Six Genes in Breakthrough Study," 5 Mar. 2018 With the help of three large families of synesthetes, researchers identified a smattering of genes that may help explain their mingled senses. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "There are people who hear color—and they may have hyper-connected brains," 7 Mar. 2018 This sensory intermixing can occur in many different ways, involving various senses, but most synesthetes are born with it. Vanessa Potter, CNN, "My sudden synesthesia: how I went blind and started hearing colors," 10 Oct. 2017 There will be talks by synesthete and artist Rylie VanOrsdol, and Miami eye experts such as Dr. Ninel Z. Gregori, associate professor of clinical ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami. Johnny Diaz,, "Late is back at Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science," 12 July 2017 Only small percentages of the synesthetes had associations that matched the School Days magnets. Eugene Palomado, National Geographic, "Magnetic Letters Taught Us More Than How to Spell," 9 Mar. 2016

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1985, in the meaning defined above

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“Synesthete.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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syn·​es·​thete | \ ˈsin-əs-ˌthēt How to pronounce synesthete (audio) \

Medical Definition of synesthete

: one who experiences synesthesia for a synesthete, a voice can spark color or taste as well as soundPsychology Today

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