[ sin-is-thee-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh ]
/ ˌsɪn ɪsˈθi ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə /


Nearby words

  1. symptosis,
  2. syn,
  3. syn-,
  4. syn.,
  5. synaeresis,
  6. synagogue,
  7. synalepha,
  8. synalgia,
  9. synaloepha,
  10. synapse

Related formssyn·aes·thet·ic [sin-is-thet-ik] /ˌsɪn ɪsˈθɛt ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for synaesthesia


US synesthesia

/ (ˌsɪniːsˈθiːzɪə) /


physiol a sensation experienced in a part of the body other than the part stimulated
psychol the subjective sensation of a sense other than the one being stimulated. For example, a sound may evoke sensations of colour
Derived Formssynaesthetic or US synesthetic (ˌsɪniːsˈθɛtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for synaesthesia

from New Latin, from syn- + -esthesia, from Greek aisthēsis sensation

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Word Origin and History for synaesthesia



also synesthesia, "sensation in one part of the body produced by stimulus in another," 1881, in some cases via French, from Modern Latin, from Greek syn- "together" (see syn-) + stem aisthe "to feel, perceive." Also psychologically, of the senses (colors having an odor, etc.), from 1891.

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