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[ey-graf-ee-uh, uh-graf-]
noun Pathology.
  1. a cerebral disorder characterized by total or partial inability to write.
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Origin of agraphia

From New Latin, dating back to 1870–75; see origin at a-6, -graphy
Related formsa·graph·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for agraphia

Historical Examples

  • If he were not illiterate we could, by asking him to write, say if agraphia also is present.

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  • As already mentioned, agraphia is very often associated with motor vocal aphasia.

British Dictionary definitions for agraphia


  1. loss of the ability to write, resulting from a brain lesion
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Word Origin

C19: New Latin, from a- 1 + Greek graphein to write
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agraphia in Medicine


  1. A form of aphasia characterized by loss of the ability to write.anorthography
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Related formsa•graphic adj.
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