Definition of Deafness

1. Noun. Partial or complete loss of hearing.

Exact synonyms: Hearing Loss
Generic synonyms: Hearing Disorder, Hearing Impairment
Specialized synonyms: Tin Ear, Tone Deafness, Deaf-muteness, Deaf-mutism
Derivative terms: Deaf



Definition of Deafness

1. n. Incapacity of perceiving sounds; the state of the organs which prevents the impression which constitute hearing; want of the sense of hearing.

Definition of Deafness

1. Noun. The condition of being deaf; the lack or loss of the ability to hear. ¹

2. Noun. To have no knowledge of a particular problem, issue, etc. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Deafness

1. the state of being deaf [n -ES]

Medical Definition of Deafness

1. A condition in which the sense of hearing in both ears is not functional for ordinary purposes of life. The hearing level for speech is approximately 71 decibels I.s.o. (international organization for standardization) or 61 db a.s.a. (american standards association) or greater. (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Deafness

deafferentation
deafferentation pain
deafferentations
deafferented
deafferenting
deafferents
deaffrication
deafie
deafies
deafish
deafly
deafmute
deafmutes
deafmutisms
deafness (current term)
deafnesses
deagglomerate
deagglomerated
deagglomerates
deagglomerating
deagglomeration
deagglomerations
deair
deaired
deairing
deairs
deal
deal-maker
deal-makers

Literary usage of Deafness

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"One must first make sure that the loss of understanding of speech is not due to labyrinthine deafness, or to deafness due to bilateral cerebral lesions. ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1879)
"THE SUDDEN deafness OF SYPHILIS, WITH CASKS. BY SAMUEL SEXTON, MD. Surgeon to the New York Ear Dispensary, Aural Surgeon to the New York Eye and Ear ..."

3. Problems of Child Welfare by George Benjamin Mangold (1914)
"deafness. In 1900, 89287 cases of deafness were reported for the United States — a proportion of approximately 1.2 per 1000 population. ..."

4. American Annals of the Deaf by Conference of Executives of American Schools for the Deaf (1911)
"statistics of "Marriages of the Deaf in America" published by the Volta Bureau in 1898: "The difficulty of distinguishing inborn deafness from exogenous or ..."

5. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by American Neurological Association, Philadelphia Neurological Society, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association, Boston Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (1898)
"In reporting this case the authors say that only four cases have been recorded of what Lichtheim called sub-cortical word-deafness, and what Dejerine has ..."

6. The Association Review (1908)
"253; Deaf having deaf husbands or wives, classified by period when deafness occurred, degree of deafness, etc, 254; The Sign- Language in American Schools, ..."

7. Social Problems: A Study of Present-day Social Conditions by Ezra Thayer Towne (1916)
"It is not known to just what extent heredity is a cause of deafness, ... The tendency to deafness among the children of deaf persons is shown to be more ..."

8. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by Philadelphia Neurological Society, American Neurological Association, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association (1906)
"Word deafness persisted, and later the patient became insane with auditory and ... Word deafness was pronounced but not complete. It would seem, therefore, ..."

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