- inability to comprehend the meanings of words though they are heard, caused by lesions of the auditory center of the brain.
Origin of word deafness
First recorded in 1885–90
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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
- loss of ability to understand spoken words, esp as the result of a cerebral lesionAlso called: auditory aphasia
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- Aphasia in which the meaning of ordinary spoken words becomes incomprehensible.
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