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aphasia

[ uh-fey-zhuh ]
/ əˈfeɪ ʒə /
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noun Pathology.
an impairment of a previously held ability to produce or understand spoken, written, or signed language, due to disease or injury of the brain.

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Origin of aphasia

First recorded in 1865–70; from Greek: literally “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
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

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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