Definition of dyslexia in English:


Line breaks: dys|lexia
Pronunciation: /dɪsˈlɛksɪə


[mass noun]
A general term for disorders that involve difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters, and other symbols, but that do not affect general intelligence.
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  • The youngster, who suffers from dyslexia and severe learning difficulties, no longer attends school or college.
  • The Oaklands unit is also open to those with more serious learning difficulties like dyspraxia and dyslexia.
  • The term dyslexia covers a range of symptoms and learning difficulties related to the written word.


late 19th century: coined in German from dys- 'difficult' + Greek lexis 'speech' (apparently by confusion of Greek legein 'to speak' and Latin legere 'to read').



Pronunciation: /-ˈlɛktɪk/
adjective& noun
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  • Steph is dyslectic, so at first it's difficult for her to decipher her mother's diary, which her grandfather has given her.
  • He has an interesting comment about how many self-made millionaires are dyslectic.
  • I must confess that I may be a bit dyslectic but practice makes perfect so I will triple my letter writing output in an endeavour to improve myself.


adjective& noun
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  • The classical method and the regression-based method have been used in various studies on both English dyslexics and French dyslexics.
  • Thus, surface dyslexics appear to exhibit a pattern of late, but not deviant, development, whereas soft phonological dyslexics appear to deviate from the normal developmental pattern.
  • In addition to the word reading task, a word spelling task was also used to match the 10-year-old dyslexics to the 8-year-old average readers.

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