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noun Psychiatry.
  1. 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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Historical Examples of 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


  1. psychiatry the habitual writing of a different word or letter from the one intended, often the result of a mental disorder or brain injury
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Word Origin for paragraphia

C20: from New Latin; see para- 1, -graph
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paragraphia in Medicine


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