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[ag-noh-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh]
noun Psychiatry, Psychology, Neurology.
  1. partial or total inability to recognize objects by use of the senses.
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Origin of agnosia

1895–1900; < Greek agnōsía ignorance, equivalent to ágnōt(os) unknown (see agnostic) + -ia -y3
Formerly agnostic aphasia.
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British Dictionary definitions for agnosia


  1. psychol loss or diminution of the power to recognize familiar objects or people, usually as a result of brain damage
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Derived Formsagnosic, adjective

Word Origin

C20: New Latin, from Greek agnōsia, from a- without + gnōsis knowledge
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agnosia in Medicine


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