disfluency

noun
dis·flu·en·cy | \dis-ˈflü-ən(t)-sē \
variants: or dysfluency

Definition of disfluency 

1 : an involuntary disruption in the flow of speech that may occur during normal childhood development of spoken language or during normal adult speech but is most often symptomatic of a speech impairment especially : a disorder of vocal communication that is marked by frequent involuntary disruption or blocking of speech (as by repetition of all or part of a word or by prolonging vocal sounds) and typically has an onset during childhood : stuttering

2 : an act or instance of disfluency : stutter

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Other Words from disfluency

disfluent \dis-ˈflü-ənt \ or dysfluent adjective
a disfluent child dysfluent speech

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People who stutter experience an excessive amount of disfluency, or involuntary speech disruptions, stumbling over at least 10 percent of their words. Rachel Hoge, Washington Post, "I stutter. As a result, I have been mocked, insulted, misjudged and refused service.," 5 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of disfluency

1961, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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disfluency

noun
dis·flu·en·cy
variants: or dysfluency \(ˌ)dis-ˈflü-ən(t)-sē \
plural disfluencies

Medical Definition of disfluency 

1 : an involuntary disruption in the flow of speech that may occur during normal childhood development of spoken language or during normal adult speech but is most often symptomatic of a speech impairment especially : a disorder of vocal communication that is marked by frequent involuntary disruption or blocking of speech (as by repetition of all or part of a word or by prolonging vocal sounds) and typically has an onset during childhood : stuttering

2 : an act or instance of disfluency : stutter

Other Words from disfluency

disfluent or dysfluent \(ˌ)dis-ˈflü-ənt \ adjective
a disfluent child dysfluent speech

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