apraxia

noun
aprax·​ia | \ (ˌ)ā-ˈprak-sē-ə How to pronounce apraxia (audio) \

Definition of apraxia

: loss or impairment of the ability to execute complex coordinated movements without muscular or sensory impairment

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Other Words from apraxia

apractic \ (ˌ)ā-​ˈprak-​tik How to pronounce apractic (audio) \ or apraxic \ (ˌ)ā-​ˈprak-​sik How to pronounce apraxic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of apraxia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An hour into the visit with the therapist, Drummond heard the word apraxia for the first time. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Boy’s challenges lead Seabrook mom to spread awareness about rare disorder," 30 Oct. 2019 Braun's 4-year-old son, Killian, was born with a neurological disorder called childhood apraxia of speech. Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, "A Maryland family was asked to leave Outback Steakhouse. Why? Their special-needs son was too loud," 11 Aug. 2019 Killian was born with childhood apraxia of speech, a disorder in which speech muscles don’t work normally because the brain has trouble coordinating their movements, Braun wrote. Marisa Iati, Washington Post, "Outback Steakhouse told a family to leave because their special-needs son was being too loud," 10 Aug. 2019 Killian was born with childhood apraxia of speech, a disorder in which speech muscles don't work normally because the brain has trouble coordinating their movements, Braun wrote. The Washington Post, oregonlive.com, "Outback Steakhouse told a Maryland family to leave because their special-needs son was being too loud," 9 Aug. 2019 Caleb was supposed to repeat the word three times, which was difficult for kids with apraxia. Lisa Scottoline, Philly.com, "Lisa Scottoline's 'After Anna': Read the first four chapters," 10 Apr. 2018 HUGE impact with my child who has apraxia, down syndrome and hearing loss. Charlene Paparizos, cleveland.com, "North Royalton Schools Honor Two Dedicated Staff Members with Crystal Starfish Award: Community Voices," 23 May 2017 Brittany also was diagnosed with an auditory processing disorder and motor-control issues caused by apraxia and dyspraxia. Natalie Angley, CNN, "Tennis player with autism slices up the competition," 12 May 2017 Ms. Ketcham is a motor neuroscientist at Elon University in Elon, N.C., and the mother of a child with autism, apraxia and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Hannah Furfaro, WSJ, "For Children Who Have Suffered Strokes, a Promising New Therapy Emerges," 26 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of apraxia

circa 1881, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for apraxia

New Latin, from Greek, inaction, from a- + praxis action, from prassein to do — more at practical

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The first known use of apraxia was circa 1881

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“Apraxia.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apraxia. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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apraxia

noun
aprax·​ia | \ (ˈ)ā-ˈprak-sē-ə How to pronounce apraxia (audio) \

Medical Definition of apraxia

: loss or impairment of the ability to execute complex coordinated movements without muscular or sensory impairment — compare eupraxia

Other Words from apraxia

apractic \ -​ˈprak-​tik How to pronounce apractic (audio) \ or apraxic \ -​ˈprak-​sik How to pronounce apraxic (audio) \ adjective

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