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

First recorded in 1880–85; echo + -lalia
Related formsech·o·lal·ic [ek-oh-lal-ik, -ley-lik] /ˌɛk oʊˈlæl ɪk, -ˈleɪ lɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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psychiatry the tendency to repeat mechanically words just spoken by another person: can occur in cases of brain damage, mental retardation, and schizophrenia
Derived Formsecholalic (ˌɛkəʊˈlælɪk), adjective

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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echolalia in Medicine




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
Related formsech′o•lalic (-lĭk) adj.
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