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[uh-prak-see-uh, ey-prak-]
noun Pathology.
  1. a disorder of the nervous system, characterized by an inability to perform purposeful movements, but not accompanied by a loss of sensory function or paralysis.
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Origin of apraxia

From New Latin, dating back to 1885–90; see origin at a-6, praxis, -ia
Related formsa·prac·tic [uh-prak-tik, ey-prak-] /əˈpræk tɪk, eɪˈpræk-/, a·prax·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for apraxia

Historical Examples

  • Similar to apraxia is "aphasia" or loss of ability to speak.


    Robert S. Woodworth

  • The one form of memory disturbance is called "Word Amnesia;" the other is called "Apraxia."

  • When the abscess is on the left side, apraxia and motor aphasia may be present.

British Dictionary definitions for apraxia


  1. a disorder of the central nervous system caused by brain damage and characterized by impaired ability to carry out purposeful muscular movements
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Derived Formsapraxic or apractic, adjective

Word Origin

C19: via New Latin from Greek: inactivity, from a- 1 + praxis action
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Word Origin and History for apraxia


1877, medical Latin, from German apraxie (H. Steinthal, 1871), from Greek apraxia "inaction," from privative prefix a- (see a- (3)) + praxis "a doing, action, business" (see praxis).

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apraxia in Medicine


  1. A disorder of voluntary movement consisting of the partial or complete inability to execute purposeful movements without the impairment of muscular power and coordination.
  2. A psychomotor defect characterized by the inability to make proper use of a known object.
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