noun[mass noun] Medicine
Inability to write, as a language disorder resulting from brain damage.
- The pure syndrome of alexia without agraphia is best viewed as a ‘linguistic blindfold’.
- Gerstmann's syndrome is a neurological disorder characterized by four primary symptoms: a writing disability (agraphia or dysgraphia), a lack of understanding of the rules for calculation or arithmetic (acalculia or dyscalculia), an inability to distinguish right from left, and an inability to identify fingers (finger agnosia).
- Eight patients with acquired agraphia were studied using the same writing tests and were compared with normal and brain-damaged controls.
Mid 19th century: from a-1 'without' + Greek -graphia 'writing'.
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