- Psychiatry. the uncontrollable and immediate repetition of words spoken by another person.
- the imitation by a baby of the vocal sounds produced by others, occurring as a natural phase of childhood development.
Origin of echolalia
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Echolalia, however, is not an exclusive appurtenance of those who tic.
Echolalia in the blind has been made the subject of an interesting study by Noir.
In addition, she suffered from echolalia, echokinesis, and folie du doute.
The echolalia that still appears now and then really belongs to this.The Mind of the Child, Part II
The coincidence is a rational one; blindness and echolalia are united as cause and effect.
- psychiatry the tendency to repeat mechanically words just spoken by another person: can occur in cases of brain damage, mental retardation, and schizophrenia
C19: from New Latin, from echo + Greek lalia talk, chatter, from lalein to chatter
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Word Origin and History for echolalia
1885, from Greek ekho (see echo (n.)) + lalia "talk, prattle, a speaking," from lalein "to speak, prattle," of echoic origin.
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- The immediate and involuntary repetition of words or phrases just spoken by others, often a symptom of autism or some types of schizophrenia.echophrasia
- An infant's repetition of the sounds made by others, a normal occurrence in childhood development.echophrasia
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