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word deafness

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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Historical Examples of 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

word deafness

  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

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