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dyslexia Syllabification: dys·lex·i·a
Pronunciation: /dəsˈleksēə/

Definition of dyslexia in English:


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.
Example sentences
  • 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.


Pronunciation: /-ˈlektik/
adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • 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.


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').

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