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Medical Term:

figure and ground

Pronunciation: fig'yur grownd


That aspect of perception wherein the perceived is separated into at least two parts, each with different attributes but influencing one another. Figure is the most distinct; ground the least formed; a bird or tree (figure) seen against the sky (ground).

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