noun[mass noun] Psychiatry
The involuntary and repetitive use of obscene language, as a symptom of mental illness or organic brain disease.
- A child with coprolalia may blurt out insults, racial slurs or obscenities.
- Complex tics might include jumping, smelling objects, touching the nose, touching other people, coprolalia, echolalia, or self-harming behaviors.
- The swearing and verbal abuse to which you refer is known as coprolalia and it is that that often receives the media attention - but it is present in only a small minority of people with Tourette Syndrome.
Late 19th century: from Greek kopros 'dung' + lalia 'speech, chatter'.
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