Definition of word deafness in English:

word deafness


  • [mass noun] An inability to identify spoken words, resulting from a brain defect such as Wernicke's aphasia.

    • ‘Cortical deafness is essentially the combination of word deafness and auditory agnosia.’
    • ‘Other common names are auditory perception problem, auditory comprehension deficit, central auditory dysfunction, central deafness and so-called ‘word deafness.’’
    • ‘Pure word deafness can arise from a problem at any point of the process of auditory encoding for speech.’
    • ‘Patients with pure word deafness have highly selective auditory perception problems.’
    • ‘The findings have important implications for our conceptualization of pure word deafness and its subtypes.’