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Loss of the ability to interpret sensory stimuli, such as sounds or images.

[Greek agnōsiā, ignorance : a-, without; see a-1 + gnōsis, knowledge (from gignōskein, to know; see gnō- in Indo-European roots).]


(Psychology) psychol loss or diminution of the power to recognize familiar objects or people, usually as a result of brain damage
[C20: New Latin, from Greek agnōsia, from a- without + gnōsis knowledge]
agˈnosic adj


(ægˈnoʊ ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə)

n. Psychiatry.
partial or total inability to recognize objects by use of the senses.
[1895–1900; < Greek agnōsía ignorance =ágnōt(os) unknown (see agnostic) + -ia -y3]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.agnosia - inability to recognize objects by use of the sensesagnosia - inability to recognize objects by use of the senses
astereognosis, tactile agnosia - a loss of the ability to recognize objects by handling them
brain disease, brain disorder, encephalopathy - any disorder or disease of the brain
auditory agnosia - inability to recognize or understand the meaning of spoken words
visual agnosia - inability to recognize or interpret objects in the visual field


n. agnosia, desorden o incapacidad debido a una lesión cerebral por la cual una persona pierde total o parcialmente el uso de los sentidos y no reconoce a personas u objetos familiares;
visual ______visual.
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