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

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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

New Latin, from dys- + arthr- + -ia

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The first known use of dysarthria was in 1878

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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 dysarthric (audio) \ adjective

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