- 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.
* * *A form of aphasia characterized by an inability to produce or recognize music. [G. a- priv. + mousa, music]- motor a. inability to produce music.- sensory a. inability to interpret or appreciate musical sounds.
* * *amu·sia (')ā-'myü-zē-ə, -zhə n1) a condition marked by inability to produce music called also motor amusia2) a condition marked by inability to comprehend music compare APHASIA
* * *amu·sia (ə-muґze-ə) [Gr. amousia want of harmony] a form of auditory agnosia in which a person has lost the ability to recognize or produce music; cf. paramusia.
Medical dictionary. 2011.