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Definition of Perilingual

Perilingual: During the development of speech and language. "The age of onset continues to have important implications for cochlear implantation, depending on whether the hearing impairment occurred before (prelingual), during (perilingual), or after (postlingual) learning speech and language." (From an NIH Consensus paper) See also: Lingual.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=23952
Last Editorial Review: 10/9/2012

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