Definition of word deafness in English:

word deafness

Syllabification: word deaf·ness

noun

  • An inability to identify spoken words, resulting from a brain defect such as Wernicke’s aphasia.
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    • 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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