Definition of echolalia in English:


Line breaks: echo|la¦lia
Pronunciation: /ˌɛkəʊˈleɪlɪə


[mass noun]
  • 1 Psychiatry Meaningless repetition of another person’s spoken words as a symptom of psychiatric disorder.
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    • Complex tics might include jumping, smelling objects, touching the nose, touching other people, coprolalia, echolalia, or self-harming behaviors.
    • Stupor or catalepsy, mutism, posturing/grimacing/stereotypy, echolalia or echopraxia and excessive motor activity were the main catatonic features.
    • Three patients were found to respond to the fenfluramine therapy with reduction in echolalia, perseveration and motor disturbances and an increase in attention and social awareness.
  • 2Repetition of speech by a child learning to talk.


late 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek ēkhō 'echo' + lalia 'speech'.

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