agrammatism

[ ey-gram-uh-tiz-uh m, uh-gram- ]
/ eɪˈgræm əˌtɪz əm, əˈgræm- /
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noun Pathology.

a type of aphasia, usually caused by cerebral disease, characterized by an inability to construct a grammatical or intelligible sentence while retaining the ability to speak single words.

Nearby words

  1. agr.,
  2. agra,
  3. agrafe,
  4. agraffe,
  5. agram,
  6. agranular endoplasmic reticulum,
  7. agranulocyte,
  8. agranulocytosis,
  9. agranuloplastic,
  10. agrapha

Origin of agrammatism

1880–85; < Greek agrámmat(os) illiterate (a- a-6 + grammat- (stem of grámma letter) + -os adj. suffix) + -ism

Also called a·gram·ma·pha·sia [ey-gram-uh-fey-zhuh, -zee-uh, uh-gram-] /eɪˌgræm əˈfeɪ ʒə, -zi ə, əˈgræm-/, ag·ram·mat·i·ca [ag-ruh-mat-i-ka] /ˌæg rəˈmæt ɪ kæ/, a·gram·ma·to·lo·gi·a [ey-gram-uh-tl-oh-jee-uh, uh-gram-] /eɪˌgræm ə tlˈoʊ dʒi ə, əˌgræm-/.

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agrammatism

[ ā-grămə-tĭz′əm, ə-grăm- ]

n.

A form of aphasia characterized by the inability to produce a grammatical or intelligible sentence.

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