Definition of word deafness in English:

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word deafness

Pronunciation: /wərd ˈdefnəs/

noun

An inability to identify spoken words, resulting from a brain defect such as Wernicke’s aphasia.
Example sentences
  • Other common names are auditory perception problem, auditory comprehension deficit, central auditory dysfunction, central deafness and so-called ‘word deafness.’
  • The findings have important implications for our conceptualization of pure word deafness and its subtypes.
  • Pure word deafness can arise from a problem at any point of the process of auditory encoding for speech.

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Syllabification: word deaf·ness

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