Definition of prosopagnosia in English:

prosopagnosia

Syllabification: pros·o·pag·no·sia
Pronunciation: /ˌpräsəpagˈnōZH(ē)ə
 
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noun

Psychiatry
  • An inability to recognize the faces of familiar people, typically as a result of damage to the brain.
    More 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.

Derivatives

prosopagnosic

Pronunciation: /-ˈnōzik, -ˈnōsik/
noun
More example sentences
  • Using a questionnaire to identify prosopagnosia symptoms, the team found 38 prosopagnosics in seven families.
  • The question now was how were two prosopagnosics who had never met going to find each other in a crowded cafe?

Origin

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

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