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noun Pathology.
  1. loss of articulate speech.
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Origin of anarthria

1880–85; < New Latin, perhaps via German; see an-1, arthr-, -ia
Related formsan·ar·thric [an-ahr-thrik] /ænˈɑr θrɪk/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for anarthria

Historical Examples

  • Motor aphasia is, he believes, nothing more than a combination of sensory aphasia and anarthria.

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  • Then occurs dysarthria, and, if the path is totally impassable at any place, anarthria.

British Dictionary definitions for anarthria


  1. pathol loss of the ability to speak coherently
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Word Origin

C19: New Latin, from Greek anarthros lacking vigour, from an- + arthros joint
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anarthria in Medicine


  1. Loss of the motor ability that enables speech.
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