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echolalia

[ ek-oh-ley-lee-uh ]
/ ˌɛk oʊˈleɪ li ə /
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noun
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.
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Origin of echolalia

First recorded in 1880–85; echo + -lalia

OTHER WORDS FROM echolalia

ech·o·lal·ic [ek-oh-lal-ik, -ley-lik], /ˌɛk oʊˈlæl ɪk, -ˈleɪ lɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for echolalia

echolalia
/ (ˌɛkəʊˈleɪlɪə) /

noun
psychiatry the tendency to repeat mechanically words just spoken by another person: can occur in cases of brain damage, mental retardation, and schizophrenia

Derived forms of echolalia

echolalic (ˌɛkəʊˈlælɪk), adjective

Word Origin for echolalia

C19: from New Latin, from echo + Greek lalia talk, chatter, from lalein to chatter
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