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anosognosia

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

Medical Definition of anosognosia

  1. :  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 Shreeve, Discover, May 1995 A prominent feature of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder is anosognosia, a sick person's unawareness that he is sick.—Algis Valiunas, New Atlantis, Winter 2009—see anton's syndrome


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