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
Related formsech·o·lal·ic [ek-oh-lal-ik, -ley-lik] /ˌɛk oʊˈlæl ɪk, -ˈleɪ lɪk/, adjective
First recorded in 1880–85; echo
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Derived Formsecholalic (ˌɛkəʊˈlælɪk), adjective
psychiatry the tendency to repeat mechanically words just spoken by another person: can occur in cases of brain damage, mental retardation, and schizophrenia
Word Origin for echolalia
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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Related formsech′o•la′lic (-lĭk) adj.
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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