Origin of dysarthria

1875–80; < New Latin, equivalent to dys- dys- + Greek árthr(on) joint + -ia -ia
Related formsdys·ar·thric, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dysarthric


  1. imperfect articulation of speech caused by damage to the nervous system

Word Origin for dysarthria

from dys- + arthria from Greek arthron articulation
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dysarthric in Medicine


  1. Difficulty in articulating words due to emotional stress or to paralysis, incoordination, or spasticity of the muscles used in speaking.
Related formsdys•arthric adj.
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