Definition of echolalia in English:

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echolalia

Pronunciation: /ˌɛkəʊˈleɪlɪə/

noun

[mass noun]
1 Psychiatry Meaningless repetition of another person’s spoken words as a symptom of psychiatric disorder.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with echolalia

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