idiot-savant

(redirected from idiot-prodigy)

id·i·ot-sa·vant

(ē-dē-ō' sah-vahn'),
A person of low general intelligence who possesses an unusual faculty for certain mental tasks of which most normal people are incapable.
Synonym(s): idiot-prodigy
[Fr.]

id·i·ot-sa·vant

(ē'dē-ō'sah-vawn[h]')
A person of low general intelligence who possesses an unusual facility in performing some mental tasks that most normal people cannot do (e.g., memorizing a telephone directory).
[Fr.]

idiot-savant

(ed-jo'sa-vant) [Fr., learned idiot]
An individual who is generally mentally retarded, but has the ability to do complicated tasks such as play instruments, recall dates, or accurately and rapidly perform mathematical calculations.
See: autism