dyslexia

[ dis-lek-see-uh ]
/ dɪsˈlɛk si ə /
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noun Pathology.

any of various reading disorders associated with impairment of the ability to interpret spatial relationships or to integrate auditory and visual information.

Nearby words

  1. dyskeratosis congenita,
  2. dyskinesia,
  3. dyskinesia algera,
  4. dyskinesia intermittens,
  5. dyslalia,
  6. dyslexic,
  7. dyslogia,
  8. dyslogistic,
  9. dysmature,
  10. dysmaturity

Origin of dyslexia

1885–90; < New Latin < Greek dys- dys- + léx(is) word + -ia -ia

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British Dictionary definitions for dyslexia

dyslexia

/ (dɪsˈlɛksɪə) /

noun

a developmental disorder which can cause learning difficulty in one or more of the areas of reading, writing, and numeracyNontechnical name: word blindness
Derived Formsdyslectic (dɪsˈlɛktɪk), adjective, noundyslexic, adjective

Word Origin for dyslexia

from dys- + -lexia from Greek lexis word

usage

Rather than talking about a person being dyslexic or about dyslexics, it is better to talk about a person with dyslexia, people with dyslexia

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Word Origin and History for dyslexia

dyslexia

n.

c.1887, from German dyslexie (1883), from Greek dys- "bad, abnormal, difficult" (see dys-) + lexis "word," from legein "speak" (see lecture (n.)). Dyslexic (n.) is first recorded 1961; dyslectic (adj.) from 1964.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for dyslexia

dyslexia

[ dĭs-lĕksē-ə ]

n.

A learning disorder marked by impairment of the ability to recognize and comprehend written words.

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Science definitions for dyslexia

dyslexia

[ dĭs-lĕksē-ə ]

A learning disability marked by impairment of the ability to recognize and comprehend written words.
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Culture definitions for dyslexia

dyslexia

[ (dis-lek-see-uh) ]

Difficulty in reading when experienced by persons with normal vision and normal or above-normal intelligence. A common example of dyslexia is reading words with the letters in reverse order, as in fyl for fly.

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