Definition of aphasia
: loss or impairment of the power to use or comprehend words usually resulting from brain damage
aphasicplay \-zik\ noun or adjective
Recent Examples of aphasia from the Web
Now, afflicted with primary progressive aphasia, a type of degenerative dementia, Ms. Zausner can no longer prepare lobster in Champagne sauce from L’Auberge de L’Ill or salmon in sorrel sauce from Jean Troisgros.
A resulting diagnosis of aphasia instantly threw her identity and ability to communicate into upheaval.
McCourt was diagnosed in 2012 with logopenic primary progressive aphasia, a rare form of dementia characterized by a loss of language and reasoning skills.
One of the earliest studied cases of aphasia, from 1843, involved a French parish priest who had suffered a stroke.
Ragains-Slawin, 77, died April 7, of what her sister, Susan Kiphart, said were complications of progressive aphasia, a rare neurological syndrome that affected her ability to communicate.
In this curious form of aphasia, the subject is unable to distinguish between a discussion and a contest.
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Origin and Etymology of aphasia
New Latin, from Greek, from a- + -phasia
First Known Use: 1864See Words from the same year
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