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word deafness

noun, Pathology.
inability to comprehend the meanings of words though they are heard, caused by lesions of the auditory center of the brain.
Origin of word deafness
First recorded in 1885-90
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word-deaf, adjective Unabridged
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word deafness

loss of ability to understand spoken words, esp as the result of a cerebral lesion Also called auditory aphasia
Derived Forms
word-deaf, adjective
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word deafness in Medicine

word deafness n.
Aphasia in which the meaning of ordinary spoken words becomes incomprehensible.

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