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word deafness

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noun Pathology.
  1. 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
Related formsword-deaf, adjective
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  • The higher impressive central paths are disturbed: centro-sensory dysphasia and aphasia, or word-deafness.

    The Mind of the Child, Part II

    W. Preyer


British Dictionary definitions for word deafness

word deafness

noun
  1. loss of ability to understand spoken words, esp as the result of a cerebral lesionAlso called: auditory aphasia
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Derived Formsword-deaf, adjective
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word deafness in Medicine

word deafness

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