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July 24, 2012

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Pronunciation (con′shŭs-nes)

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  1. The state of being aware, or perceiving physical facts or mental concepts; a state of general wakefulness and responsiveness to environment; a functioning sensorium.

[L. conscio, to know, to be aware of]

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