Definition of palilalia in English:


Line breaks: pali|lalia
Pronunciation: /ˌpalɪˈleɪlɪə


[mass noun] Medicine
A speech disorder characterized by involuntary repetition of words, phrases, or sentences.
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  • Formally, palilalia is a compulsive involuntary repetition of a semantically acceptable phrase or word.
  • Results indicate that there is not necessarily an increasing rapidity in palilalia.
  • A case of membranous lipodystrophy associated with palilalia was reported.


early 20th century: from French palilalie, from Greek palin 'again' + lalia 'speech, chatter'.

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