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synesthesia

Syllabification: syn·es·the·sia
Pronunciation: /ˌsinəsˈTHēZHə
 
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(British synaesthesia)

Definition of synesthesia in English:

noun

Physiology & Psychology
The production of a sense impression relating to one sense or part of the body by stimulation of another sense or part of the body.
Example sentences
  • We remain, however, far from an understanding of the physiological basis of synaesthesia.
  • Our experiences vary in intensity, we have a perception of time passing so we have sequential experiences, we experience some synesthesia between senses, etc etc.
  • An intense curiosity about what goes wrong with the wiring to produce sensory anomalies, such as synaesthesia, drives him on to know more and more and to inspire others to know more and more.

Origin

late 19th century: modern Latin, from syn- 'with', on the pattern of anesthesia.

Derivatives

synesthete

1
Pronunciation: /ˈsinisˌTHēt/
noun
Example sentences
  • But we have also learnt from speaking with synaesthetes, about synaesthetic conception, where it's a thought that triggers the sensation.
  • Unlike patients who experience hallucinations, synesthetes are not medicated, so you don't have that confounding factor.
  • In another experiment, the researchers found that synesthetic color helped the synesthetes pick out specific numbers or letters in a crowded display.

synesthetic

2
Pronunciation: /-ˈTHetik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • But we have also learnt from speaking with synaesthetes, about synaesthetic conception, where it's a thought that triggers the sensation.
  • In another experiment, the researchers found that synesthetic color helped the synesthetes pick out specific numbers or letters in a crowded display.
  • Both ideas imply that, for a synaesthetic experience to occur, neural connections exist, that are not present, or not activated, in the more usual, non-synaesthetic individual.

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