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paragraphia

[ par-uh-graf-ee-uh ]
/ ˌpær əˈgræf i ə /
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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.
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Origin of paragraphia

From New Latin, dating back to 1875–80; see origin at para-1, -graph, -ia
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How to use paragraphia in a sentence

  • 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
  • This may affect speech to the point of an apparent aphasia or produce paragraphia.

    Benign Stupors|August Hoch

British Dictionary definitions for paragraphia

paragraphia
/ (ˌpærəˈɡrɑːfɪə) /

noun
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

paragraphia
[ păr′ə-grăfē-ə ]

n.
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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