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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Definitions for anomia

  1. Medicine/Medical. the inability to name objects or to recognize the written or spoken names of objects.

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Citations for anomia
Lilian’s anomia, her problems with finding words, had increased, too. When I showed her some kitchen matches, she recognized them at once, visually, but could not say the word “match,” saying, instead “That is to make fire.” Oliver Sacks, The Mind's Eye, 2010
He had borrowed a drug, 7, 2-DAPA, which had been developed by neuropathologists studying language disorders. It could induce an euphoric anomia, disrupting the process of associating certain visual inputs with words. James Patrick Kelly, "Solstice," Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology, 1986
Origin of anomia
Anomia entered English in the early 1900s and is a New Latin construction. It's a combination of the Greek a- meaning "not, without," the Latin nōmen meaning "name," and the suffix -ia, which is often added onto words to denote a name of a disease.