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noun Medicine/Medical.
  1. the inability to produce or comprehend music or musical sounds.
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Origin of amusia

< New Latin < Greek amousía state of being without the Muses, especially song. See a-6, Muse, -ia
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Examples from the Web for amusia

Historical Examples

  • Amusia, or loss of the musical faculty, may occur in association with or independent of aphasia.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2


British Dictionary definitions for amusia


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

Word Origin

C21: from a- 1 + music
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amusia in Medicine


(ə-myōōzē-ə, -zhə)
  1. Loss or impairment of the ability to produce or comprehend music or musical tones.
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