word deafness


noun Pathology.

inability to comprehend the meanings of words though they are heard, caused by lesions of the auditory center of the brain.

Nearby words

  1. word association,
  2. word association test,
  3. word blindness,
  4. word burst,
  5. word class,
  6. word for word,
  7. word game,
  8. word of god,
  9. word of honor,
  10. word of mouth

Origin of word deafness

First recorded in 1885–90

Related formsword-deaf, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for word deafness

word deafness


loss of ability to understand spoken words, esp as the result of a cerebral lesionAlso called: auditory aphasia
Derived Formsword-deaf, adjective

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Medicine definitions for word deafness

word deafness


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

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