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Topic: PSYCHOLOGY, PSYCHIATRY

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: cognitio, from cognoscere 'to be familiar with, know', from co- ( CO-) + gnoscere 'to come to know'

cognition

noun
     
cog‧ni‧tion [uncountable]
MP formal the process of knowing, understanding, and learning something:
the regions of the brain that are responsible for memory and cognition
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