aphasic

adjective

apha·​sic ə-ˈfā-zik How to pronounce aphasic (audio)
: of, relating to, or affected by aphasia : involving or exhibiting loss or impairment of the power to use or comprehend words
aphasic patients
aphasic speech

Examples of aphasic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An aphasic patient who can’t speak in Cantonese won’t be able to communicate his meaning any better by switching to American Sign Language. Michael P.h. Stanley, WSJ, 31 Oct. 2022 An aphasic patient can’t get around his inability to speak by writing instead. Michael P.h. Stanley, WSJ, 31 Oct. 2022

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from French aphasique, from aphasie aphasia + -ique -ic entry 1

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aphasic was in 1866

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Cite this Entry

“Aphasic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aphasic. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

aphasic

1 of 2 adjective
apha·​sic ə-ˈfā-zik How to pronounce aphasic (audio)
: of, relating to, or affected with aphasia

aphasic

2 of 2 noun
variants or aphasiac
: an individual affected with aphasia
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