- the loss of a previously held ability to speak or understand spoken or written language, due to disease or injury of the brain.
Origin of aphasia
Examples from the Web for aphasia
Still, she suffered from aphasia, finding it difficult to speak, read and write.A Stroke That Hits Young Women
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You are suffering from an attack of aphasia, which has caused you to forget your identity.Strictly Business
To illustrate: A patient afflicted with aphasia is brought to a physician.Studies in Logical Theory
An exploding shell had brought on that strange state of aphasia.Over the Seas for Uncle Sam
In clear speech, and in aphasia, they indicated their founder.
The subject of Aphasia is treated in all its relations, and in all its forms and modifications.The Idiot
- a disorder of the central nervous system characterized by partial or total loss of the ability to communicate, esp in speech or writingCompare alexia
Word Origin and History for aphasia
"loss of ability to speak," especially as result of brain injury or disorder, 1867, from Modern Latin aphasia, from Greek aphasia "speechlessness," from a- "without" (see a- (3)) + phasis "utterance," from phanai "to speak," related to pheme "voice, report, rumor" (see fame (n.)).
APHASIA is the term which has recently been given to the loss of the faculty of articulate language, the organs of phonation and of articulation, as well as the intelligence, being unimpaired. The pathology of this affection is at the present time the subject of much discussion in the scientific world; the French Academy devoted several of their séances during the year 1865 to its special elucidation, and the Medical Journals of France and of our own country have lately contained a good deal of original matter bearing upon this obscure feature in cerebral pathology. [Frederic Bateman, M.D., "Aphasia," London, 1868]
- Partial or total loss of the ability to articulate ideas or comprehend spoken or written language, resulting from brain damage due to injury or disease.logagnosia logamnesia logasthenia
- Partial or total loss of the ability to articulate ideas or comprehend spoken or written language, resulting from damage to the brain that is caused by injury or disease.