inability to comprehend the meanings of words though they are heard, caused by lesions of the auditory center of the brain.
Words nearby word deafness
Origin of word deafness
First recorded in 1885–90
OTHER WORDS FROM word deafnessword-deaf, adjective
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Examples from the Web for word deafness
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
loss of ability to understand spoken words, esp as the result of a cerebral lesionAlso called: auditory aphasia
Derived forms of word deafnessword-deaf, adjective
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Medical definitions for word deafness
Aphasia in which the meaning of ordinary spoken words becomes incomprehensible.
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