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Definition of Amusia

Amusia: The inability to recognize musical tones or to reproduce them. Amusia can be congenital (present at birth) or be acquired sometime later in life (as from brain damage).

Amusia is composed of a- + -musia and literally means the lack of music. Also commonly called tone deafness.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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