disfluency

noun dis·flu·en·cy \ dis-ˈflü-ən(t)-sē \
variants: or dysfluency
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

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

disfluent

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

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First Known Use of disfluency

1961


Medical Dictionary

disfluency

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

medical Definition of disfluency

plural disfluencies
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

disfluent

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

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