aphasia

noun apha·sia \ ə-ˈfā-zh(ē-)ə \

Definition of aphasia

:loss or impairment of the power to use or comprehend words usually resulting from brain damage

aphasic

play \-zik\ noun or adjective

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Origin and Etymology of aphasia

New Latin, from Greek, from a- + -phasia


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aphasia

noun apha·sia \ ə-ˈfā-zh(ē-)ə \

medical Definition of aphasia

:loss or impairment of the power to use or comprehend words usually resulting from brain damage — see motor aphasia — compare amusia, anarthria


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