[ dis-fey-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh ]
/ dɪsˈfeɪ ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə /

noun Pathology.

inability to speak or understand words because of a brain lesion.

Origin of dysphasia

First recorded in 1875–80; dys- + (a)phasia

Related forms

dys·pha·sic [dis-fey-zik, -sik] /dɪsˈfeɪ zɪk, -sɪk/, adjective

Can be confused

dysphagia dysphasia
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British Dictionary definitions for dysphasia


/ (dɪsˈfeɪzɪə) /


a disorder of language caused by a brain lesion

Derived Forms

dysphasic, adjective, noun

Word Origin for dysphasia

see dys- + -phasia
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Medicine definitions for dysphasia


[ dĭs-fāzhə ]


Impairment of speech and verbal comprehension, especially when associated with brain injury.dysphrasia
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