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also syn·aes·the·sia  (sĭn′ĭs-thē′zhə)
1. A condition in which one type of stimulation evokes the sensation of another, as when the hearing of a sound produces the visualization of a color.
2. A sensation felt in one part of the body as a result of stimulus applied to another, as in referred pain.
3. The description of one kind of sense impression by using words that normally describe another.

syn′es·thet′ic (-thĕt′ĭk) adj.
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1. (Physiology) the usual US spelling of synaesthesia
2. (Psychology) the usual US spelling of synaesthesia
synesthetic adj
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or syn•aes•the•sia

(ˌsɪn əsˈθi ʒə, -ʒi ə)

a sensation produced in one modality when a stimulus is applied to another modality, as when the hearing of a certain sound induces the visualization of a certain color.
[1890–95; < New Latin; see syn-, esthesia]
syn′es•thete` (-ˌθit) n.
syn`es•thet′ic (-ˈθɛt ɪk) adj.
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synesthesia, synaesthesia

Medicine. a secondary sensation accompanying an actual perception, as the perceiving of sound as a color or the sensation of being touched in a place at some distance from the actual place of touching. Cf. chromesthesia.synesthetic, synaesthetic, adj.
See also: Perception
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.synesthesia - a sensation that normally occurs in one sense modality occurs when another modality is stimulated
aesthesis, esthesis, sensation, sense datum, sense experience, sense impression - an unelaborated elementary awareness of stimulation; "a sensation of touch"
chromaesthesia, chromesthesia - a form of synesthesia in which nonvisual stimulation results in the experience of color sensations
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