dys·​graph·​ia | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈgra-fē-ə How to pronounce dysgraphia (audio) \

Definition of dysgraphia

: impairment of handwriting ability that is characterized chiefly by very poor or often illegible writing or writing that takes an unusually long time and great effort to complete

Note: When present in children, dysgraphia is classified as a learning disability. When it occurs as an acquired condition in adults, it is typically the result of damage to the brain (as from stroke or trauma).

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Vutpakdi's son is part of a rare group known as twice exceptional, or 2e — children who have high IQs of over 130, but who also face challenges such as attention deficit disorder, autism, dyslexia or dysgraphia, the inability to write clearly. Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil, latimes.com, "Stepping Stones Therapy and Learning Academy in Newport Beach caters to twice-exceptional students," 2 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of dysgraphia

1892, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dysgraphia

dys- + Greek -graphia "writing" (from gráphein "to write" + -ia -ia entry 1), probably after French dysgraphie — more at carve

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The first known use of dysgraphia was in 1892

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dys·​graph·​ia | \ (ˈ)dis-ˈgraf-ē-ə How to pronounce dysgraphia (audio) \

Medical Definition of dysgraphia

: impairment of the ability to write caused by brain damage

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