dichotic

adjective
dich·​otic | \ (ˌ)dī-ˈkō-tik How to pronounce dichotic (audio) \

Definition of dichotic

: relating to or involving the presentation of a stimulus to one ear that differs in some respect (such as pitch, loudness, frequency, or energy) from a stimulus presented to the other ear dichotic listening

Other Words from dichotic

dichotically \ (ˌ)dī-​ˈkō-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce dichotically (audio) \ adverb

First Known Use of dichotic

circa 1911, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dichotic

borrowed from German dichotisch, from dich- dich- + -otisch -otic entry 2

Note: Term introduced by the German psychologist Carl Stumpf (1848-1936) in "Differenztöne und Konsonanz," Zeitschrift für Psychologie und Physiologie der Sinnesorgane, Band 39 (1905), p. 276. Stumpf attributes the coinage (along with that of diotisch "diotic" and monotisch "monotic") to his colleague H. Diels.

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The first known use of dichotic was circa 1911

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“Dichotic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dichotic. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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dichotic

adjective
dich·​otic | \ (ˈ)dī-ˈkōt-ik How to pronounce dichotic (audio) \

Medical Definition of dichotic

: relating to or involving the presentation of a stimulus to one ear that differs in some respect (as pitch, loudness, frequency, or energy) from a stimulus presented to the other ear dichotic listening

Other Words from dichotic

dichotically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce dichotically (audio) \ adverb

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