Definition of prosopagnosia in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌprɒsə(ʊ)paɡˈnəʊsɪə/


[mass noun] Psychiatry
The inability to recognize the faces of familiar people, typically as a result of damage to the brain.
Example sentences
  • He and his colleagues describe covert recognition in prosopagnosia, another category-specific agnosia in which faces cannot be visually recognized.
  • Deep prosopagnosia (impaired facial recognition) could also be a reason for autoscopy.
  • Another well-known and dramatic line of evidence for specific face-processing brain regions is the existence of the neuropsychological deficit of prosopagnosia.


1950s: modern Latin, from Greek prosōpon 'face' + agnōsia 'ignorance'.

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