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coprolalia

[kop-ruh-ley-lee-uh]
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noun Psychiatry.
  1. the obsessive use of scatological language.
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Origin of coprolalia

Related formscop·ro·la·li·ac [kop-ruh-ley-lee-ak] /ˌkɒp rəˈleɪ liˌæk/, adjective
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  • At a later stage a fairly definite tendency to coprolalia became manifest.

    Tics and Their Treatment

    Henry Meigne


British Dictionary definitions for coprolalia

coprolalia

noun
  1. obsessive use of obscene or foul language
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Word Origin and History for coprolalia

n.

"obsessive use of obscene language, either through mental illness or perversion," 1886, from French coprolalie, coined 1885 by de la Tourette, from copro- "dung, filth" + Greek lalia "talk, prattle, a speaking," from lalein "to speak, prattle," of echoic origin.

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coprolalia in Medicine

coprolalia

(kŏp′rə-lālē-ə)
n.
  1. The uncontrolled or involuntary use of obscene or scatological language that may accompany certain mental disorders, such as schizophrenia or Tourette's syndrome.
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