clang association

noun
\ ˈklaŋ- How to pronounce clang association (audio) \

Medical Definition of clang association

: association of words based on their similar sound rather than meaning

Note: 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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“Clang association.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/clang%20association. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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