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[aw-di-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee-] /ˈɔ dɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i-/
Anatomy, Physiology. pertaining to hearing, to the sense of hearing, or to the organs of hearing.
perceived through or resulting from the sense of hearing:
auditory hallucinations.
noun, plural auditories. Archaic.
an assembly of hearers; audience.
an auditorium, especially the nave of a church.
Origin of auditory
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin audītōrius relating to hearing. See auditor, -tory1
Related forms
auditorily, auditorially, adverb
postauditory, adjective
preauditory, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for auditory
  • Musical training shapes functional brain networks for selective auditory attention and hearing speech in noise.
  • auditory hallucinations are false senses of sound such as hearing voices that go unheard by others.
  • auditory hallucinations have long been understood as a sign of severe mental illness.
  • auditory hallucinations are common so it's not implausible that olfactory hallucinations can also occur.
  • But selective auditory attendance in humans is mostly a trick of the mind.
  • Not only schizophrenics experience auditory hallucinations.
  • Music only excites us when it makes our auditory cortex struggle to uncover its order.
  • Recently, however, a small group of scientists has begun studying auditory hallucinations more intensively.
  • His interpretation is that this is an auditory hallucination, and he may be right.
  • His symptoms were chiefly auditory hallucination and paranoid ideation.
British Dictionary definitions for auditory


/ˈɔːdɪtərɪ; -trɪ/
of or relating to hearing, the sense of hearing, or the organs of hearing
an archaic word for audience, auditorium
Word Origin
C14: from Latin audītōrius relating to hearing, from audīre to hear
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Word Origin and History for auditory

1570s, from Latin auditorius "pertaining to hearing," from auditor "hearer" (see auditor).

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auditory in Medicine

auditory au·di·to·ry (ô'dĭ-tôr'ē)
Of or relating to hearing, the organs of hearing, or the sense of hearing.

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auditory in Science
Relating to or involving the organs or sense of hearing.
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