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[uh-prak-see-uh, ey-prak-] /əˈpræk si ə, eɪˈpræk-/
noun, Pathology.
a disorder of the nervous system, characterized by an inability to perform purposeful movements, but not accompanied by a loss of sensory function or paralysis.
Origin of apraxia
From New Latin, dating back to 1885-90; See origin at a-6, praxis, -ia
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[uh-prak-tik, ey-prak-] /əˈpræk tɪk, eɪˈpræk-/ (Show IPA),
apraxic, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for apraxia


a disorder of the central nervous system caused by brain damage and characterized by impaired ability to carry out purposeful muscular movements
Derived Forms
apraxic, apractic, adjective
Word Origin
C19: via New Latin from Greek: inactivity, from a-1 + praxis action
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Word Origin and History for apraxia

1877, medical Latin, from German apraxie (H. Steinthal, 1871), from Greek apraxia "inaction," from privative prefix a- (see a- (3)) + praxis "a doing, action, business" (see praxis).

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apraxia in Medicine

apraxia a·prax·i·a (ā-prāk'sē-ə)

  1. A disorder of voluntary movement consisting of the partial or complete inability to execute purposeful movements without the impairment of muscular power and coordination.

  2. A psychomotor defect characterized by the inability to make proper use of a known object.

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