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[par-uh-graf-ee-uh] /ˌpær əˈgræf i ə/
noun, Psychiatry.
a disorder marked by the writing of words or letters other than those intended, or the loss of the ability to express ideas in writing, usually caused by a brain lesion.
Origin of paragraphia
From New Latin, dating back to 1875-80; See origin at para-1, -graph, -ia Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • In other instances there is both alteration in the form of the writing and paragraphia, or the use of the wrong letters.

    Science and the Criminal C. Ainsworth Mitchell
British Dictionary definitions for paragraphia


(psychiatry) the habitual writing of a different word or letter from the one intended, often the result of a mental disorder or brain injury
Word Origin
C20: from New Latin; see para-1, -graph
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paragraphia in Medicine

paragraphia par·a·graph·i·a (pār'ə-grāf'ē-ə)

  1. The loss of the ability to write from dictation, although the words are understood.

  2. Writing one word when another is intended.

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