noun Medicine/Medical.

the inability to produce or comprehend music or musical sounds.

Origin of amusia

< New Latin < Greek amousía state of being without the Muses, especially song. See a-6, Muse, -ia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for amusia



the inability to distinguish differences in musical pitch; tone deafness
Derived Formsamusic, adjective

Word Origin for amusia

C21: from a- 1 + music
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amusia in Medicine


[ə-myōōzē-ə, -zhə]


Loss or impairment of the ability to produce or comprehend music or musical tones.
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