Definition of prosopagnosia in English:



mass nounPsychiatry
  • The inability to recognize the faces of familiar people, typically as a result of damage to the brain.

    • ‘Another well-known and dramatic line of evidence for specific face-processing brain regions is the existence of the neuropsychological deficit of prosopagnosia.’
    • ‘Other people suffer from prosopagnosia due to trauma to the brain that caused brain damage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is widespread, institutionalised prosopagnosia.’


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