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alexia

[ uh-lek-see-uh ]
/ əˈlɛk si ə /
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noun Pathology.
a neurologic disorder marked by loss of the ability to understand written or printed language, usually resulting from a brain lesion or a congenital defect.
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Also called word blindness.

Origin of alexia

1875–80; a-6 + Greek léx(is) speech (leg- stem of légein to speak + -sis-sis) + -ia; altered meaning by association of -lex- with lexicon, etc.
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British Dictionary definitions for alexia

alexia
/ (əˈlɛksɪə) /

noun
a disorder of the central nervous system characterized by impaired ability to readNontechnical name: word blindness Compare aphasia

Word Origin for alexia

C19: from New Latin, from a- 1 + Greek lexis speech; influenced in meaning by Latin legere to read
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for alexia

alexia
[ ə-lĕksē-ə ]

n.
Loss of the ability to comprehend the meaning of written or printed words and sentences, usually caused by brain lesions.text blindness visual aphasia word blindness

Other words from alexia

a•lexic adj.
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