Definition of prosopagnosia in US English:

prosopagnosia

noun

Psychiatry
  • A neurological condition characterized by the inability to recognize the faces of familiar people.

    • ‘It is widespread, institutionalised prosopagnosia.’
    • ‘Another well-known and dramatic line of evidence for specific face-processing brain regions is the existence of the neuropsychological deficit of prosopagnosia.’
    • ‘Deep prosopagnosia (impaired facial recognition) could also be a reason for autoscopy.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

prosopagnosia

/ˌpräsəpaɡˈnōZH(ē)ə/