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anosognosia

noun ano·sog·no·sia \ ˌa-nō-ˌsäg-ˈnō-zh(ē-)ə \

medical Definition of anosognosia

:an inability or refusal to recognize a defect or disorder that is clinically evident
  • Mrs. M. 's form of anosognosia is even more extreme: she not only flatly denies she is paralyzed, she refuses to admit that the limp limb on the left has anything at all to do with her.
  • —James ShreeveDiscoverMay 1995
  • A prominent feature of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder is anosognosia, a sick person's unawareness that he is sick.
  • —Algis ValiunasNew AtlantisWinter 2009
— see anton's syndrome

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