Medical Definition of clang association
: association of words based on their similar sound rather than meaning ◆Clang association occurs in schizophrenia and in the manic phase of bipolar disorder. Clang associations involve a persistent focus on the sound rather than on the meaning of verbal productions. Clang associations sometimes occur to a subject's own comments when the sound of some word he has used becomes fixed in his associations.—Irving B. Weiner, Psychodiagnosis in Schizophrenia, 1966
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