savant syndrome


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savant syndrome

n.
A condition in which a person with a developmental or intellectual disability has an exceptional memory and exhibits extraordinary skill in a specialized area such as music or arithmetic.
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Referring to a mentally disabled person incapable of abstract reasoning, who has one remarkably overdeveloped skill—e.g., mathematical or calendar ‘calculation’, memory, mechanical ability or talent in music or the visual arts
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