[ par-uh-graf-ee-uh ]
/ ˌpær əˈgræf i ə /

noun Psychiatry.

a disorder marked by the writing of words or letters other than those intended, or the loss of the ability to express ideas in writing, usually caused by a brain lesion.

Origin of paragraphia

From New Latin, dating back to 1875–80; see origin at para-1, -graph, -ia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for paragraphia

  • In other instances there is both alteration in the form of the writing and paragraphia, or the use of the wrong letters.

    Science and the Criminal|C. Ainsworth Mitchell

British Dictionary definitions for paragraphia

/ (ˌpærəˈɡrɑːfɪə) /


psychiatry the habitual writing of a different word or letter from the one intended, often the result of a mental disorder or brain injury

Word Origin for paragraphia

C20: from New Latin; see para- 1, -graph
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Medical definitions for paragraphia

[ păr′ə-grăfē-ə ]


The loss of the ability to write from dictation, although the words are understood.
Writing one word when another is intended.
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