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aphasia

[ uh-fey-zhuh ]
/ əˈfeɪ ʒə /
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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.

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Origin of aphasia

1865–70; <Greek: speechlessness, equivalent to a-a-6 + phat(ós) spoken (derivative of phánai to speak) + -ia-ia
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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 forms of aphasia

aphasiac or aphasic, adjective, noun

Word Origin for aphasia

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

Other words from aphasia

a•phasi•ac′ (-zē-ăk′) n.a•phasic (-zĭk, -sĭk) adj. n.
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Scientific 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.
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