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amusia (s) (noun), amusias (pl)
1. Musical inability, whether for perception, production, or reproduction of vocal or instrumental sounds: From an educational perspective, knowledge of every aspect of congenital amusia should enrich the current view of other forms of learning disabilities; such as, dysphasia and dyslexia.
2. Music deafness or the inability of a person to produce or to appreciate musical sounds: The continued efforts in understanding the causes of congenital amusia should shed light on the question as to whether or not music processing corresponds to a genuine specialization of the brain.
3. An inability to recognize the significance of sounds, manifested as a loss of the ability to recognize or to produce music: Amusias show a particular deficit in discriminating musical pitch variations and in recognizing familiar melodies.
4. A condition in which there is the loss of a musical ability: It was tragic that the composer suffered amusia and was unable to continue to compose his own music or even to read the musical scores of other composers.
5. Etymology: from Greek amousia, then through New Latin, "being without the Muses"; especially, with singing.
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