[ uh-fee-mee-uh ]
/ əˈfi mi ə /

noun Medicine/Medical.

a type of aphasia characterized by the inability to express ideas in spoken words.

Nearby words

  1. aphasiology,
  2. aphelandra,
  3. aphelion,
  4. apheliotropic,
  5. apheliotropism,
  6. apheresis,
  7. apheretic,
  8. aphesis,
  9. aphetic,
  10. aphid

Origin of aphemia

1860–65; < Greek a- a-6 + phḗm(ē) speech + -ia -ia

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Examples from the Web for aphemia

  • Now, he knows he can talk because we all know he can, but no one knows it at present because he can't—and that's aphemia.

    Wings of the Wind|Credo Harris

Medicine definitions for aphemia


[ ə-fēmē-ə ]


A form of motor aphasia in which the ability to express ideas verbally is lost.

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