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Inability to recognize or reproduce tunes. Congenital amusia affects between 4 and 5 per cent of people and is believed to arise from a genetic defect in the ability to perceive the pitch structure of music. Famous people with this handicap include the Argentine-born Latin American revolutionary Ernesto (Che) Guevara (1928–67) and the US economist and Nobel laureate Milton Friedman (1912–2006). Compare asonia, dysmelodia, dysmusia. [From Greek a- without + mousika (teckne) musical art, from mousa a muse]

Subjects: Psychology.

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