dys·​ar·​thria | \ di-ˈsär-thrē-ə How to pronounce dysarthria (audio) \

Definition of dysarthria

: difficulty in articulating words due to disease of the central nervous system

Examples of dysarthria in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Classical symptoms include symmetrical quadriplegia, dysarthria, dysphagia, confusion, and pseudobulbar palsy. Maryn Mckenna, WIRED, "Spreading cholera, maybe polio: Now will we care about Haiti?," 27 Jan. 2011

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First Known Use of dysarthria

1878, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dysarthria

borrowed from German Dysarthrie, from dys- dys- + Greek árthron "joint, articulation" + German -ie -ia entry 1 — more at arthro-

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“Dysarthria.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dysarthria. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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dys·​ar·​thria | \ dis-ˈär-thrē-ə How to pronounce dysarthria (audio) \

Medical Definition of dysarthria

: difficulty in articulating words due to disease of the central nervous system — compare dysphasia

Other Words from dysarthria

dysarthric \ -​thrik How to pronounce dysarthria (audio) \ adjective

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