[ kop-ruh-ley-lee-uh ]
/ ˌkɒp rəˈleɪ li ə /

noun Psychiatry.

the obsessive use of scatological language.

Origin of coprolalia

Related formscop·ro·la·li·ac [kop-ruh-ley-lee-ak] /ˌkɒp rəˈleɪ liˌæk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for coprolalia


/ (ˌkɒprəˈleɪlɪə) /


obsessive use of obscene or foul language
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Word Origin and History for coprolalia



"obsessive use of obscene language, either through mental illness or perversion," 1886, from French coprolalie, coined 1885 by de la Tourette, from copro- "dung, filth" + Greek lalia "talk, prattle, a speaking," from lalein "to speak, prattle," of echoic origin.

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Medicine definitions for coprolalia


[ kŏp′rə-lālē-ə ]


The uncontrolled or involuntary use of obscene or scatological language that may accompany certain mental disorders, such as schizophrenia or Tourette's syndrome.
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