apraxia

noun
aprax·​ia | \(ˌ)ā-ˈprak-sē-ə \

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 \-​ˈprak-​tik \ or apraxic \-​ˈprak-​sik \ adjective

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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

noun
aprax·​ia | \(ˈ)ā-ˈprak-sē-ə \

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 \ or apraxic \-​ˈprak-​sik \ adjective

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