aphasia

[ uh-fey-zhuh ]
/ əˈfeɪ ʒə /
|

noun Pathology.

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

1865–70; < Greek: speechlessness, equivalent to a- a-6 + phat(ós) spoken (derivative of phánai to speak) + -ia -ia
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for aphasia

British Dictionary definitions for aphasia

aphasia

/ (əˈfeɪzɪə) /

noun

a disorder of the central nervous system characterized by partial or total loss of the ability to communicate, esp in speech or writingCompare alexia

Derived Formsaphasiac or aphasic, adjective, noun

Word Origin for aphasia

C19: via New Latin from Greek, from a- 1 + -phasia, from phanai to speak
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

Medicine definitions for aphasia

aphasia

[ ə-fāzhə ]

n.

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

Related formsa•phasi•ac′ (-zē-ăk′) n.a•phasic (-zĭk, -sĭk) adj. n.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Science definitions for aphasia

aphasia

[ ə-fāzhə ]

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.

The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.