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noun Pathology.
inability to comprehend the meanings of words though they are heard, caused by lesions of the auditory center of the brain.
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Origin of word deafness

First recorded in 1885–90

OTHER WORDS FROM word deafness

word-deaf, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for word deafness

word deafness

noun
loss of ability to understand spoken words, esp as the result of a cerebral lesionAlso called: auditory aphasia

Derived forms of word deafness

word-deaf, adjective
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