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alalia

[ uh-ley-lee-uh, uh-leyl-yuh ]
/ əˈleɪ li ə, əˈleɪl yə /
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noun Pathology.
an inability to speak.
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Origin of alalia

1875–80; a-6 + Greek lalia talk, chatter, equivalent to lal(leîn) to talk, chatter + -ia-y3
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British Dictionary definitions for alalia

alalia
/ (æˈleɪlɪə) /

noun
a complete inability to speak; mutism

Word Origin for alalia

a- 1 + -lalia
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Medical definitions for alalia

alalia
[ ə-lālē-ə ]

n.
Impairment or loss of the ability to talk.
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