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[uh-ley-lee-uh, uh-leyl-yuh]
noun Pathology.
  1. 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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Historical Examples

  • The third frontal convolution and the island of Reil were small on both sides, corresponding to the alalia.

    The Mind of the Child, Part II

    W. Preyer

British Dictionary definitions for alalia


  1. a complete inability to speak; mutism
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Word Origin

a- 1 + -lalia
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alalia in Medicine


  1. Impairment or loss of the ability to talk.
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