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aphasia

Line breaks: apha|sia
Pronunciation: /əˈfeɪzɪə
 
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Definition of aphasia in English:

noun

[mass noun] Medicine
Inability (or impaired ability) to understand or produce speech, as a result of brain damage. Compare with aphonia.
Example sentences
  • Initially expected to make a satisfactory recovery from the head injury, she subsequently suffered a stroke that left her with aphasia, diminished cognitive abilities, and a seizure disorder.
  • I had not had seizures like this before - not with such severe aphasia, such an inability to ask for help and to help myself.
  • He was able to map language centers in the brain by observing lesions in patients suffering from aphasia.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Greek, from aphatos 'speechless', from a- 'not' + phanai 'speak'.

Derivatives

aphasic

1
adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • Although awake at times, she was aphasic and incommunicative, at least to the physicians.
  • The receptive aphasics among the participants detected that the woman was lying 73 percent of the time.
  • In April 1860, he had suddenly become unconscious, and although he partly recovered, he remained aphasic.

Words that rhyme with aphasia

Anastasia, brazier, dysphasia, dysplasia, euthanasia, fantasia, Frazier, glazier, grazier, gymnasia, Malaysia

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