paralexia

[ par-uh-lek-see-uh ]
/ ˌpær əˈlɛk si ə /

noun

an impairment of reading ability characterized by the transposition of letters or words.

Origin of paralexia

1875–80; < New Latin, equivalent to para- para-1 + Greek léx(is) speaking, speech (see lexis) + -ia

Related forms

par·a·lex·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for paralexia

paralexia

/ (ˌpærəˈlɛksɪə) /

noun

a disorder of the ability to read in which words and syllables are meaninglessly transposed

Derived Forms

paralexic, adjective
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Medicine definitions for paralexia

paralexia

[ păr′ə-lĕksē-ə ]

n.

Misapprehension in the reading of written or printed words and substitution of other meaningless words for them.
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