dys·​lex·​ia | \ dis-ˈlek-sē-ə \

Definition of dyslexia 

: a variable often familial learning disability involving difficulties in acquiring and processing language that is typically manifested by a lack of proficiency in reading, spelling, and writing

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Other Words from dyslexia

dyslexic \ -​sik \ adjective or noun

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Even with dyslexia, Beatrice got A's in history and classics. Nancy Collins, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sarah Ferguson: Diana, the Queen and I," 12 Oct. 2018 Milk soon fell in love with the fantastical worlds of Dr. Seuss and Daniel Pinkwater, and credits them for helping him overcome his dyslexia. Lizzie Garrett Mettler, Vogue, "With Wonderscope, a Tech Company Attempts the Unthinkable: Healthy Screen Time for Kids," 14 Nov. 2018 Both William and Harry made lifelong friends there, although it’s been reported that Harry struggled academically because of his dyslexia. Marcia Moody, Town & Country, "Here's What Prince George and Princess Charlotte's Royal Education Will Entail," 26 Aug. 2018 The federal probe began in late 2016, after the Chronicle spoke to dozens of teachers, educators and disability rights groups who say schools have repeatedly denied services to students with dyslexia, autism and other disabilities. Alejandra Matos, Houston Chronicle, "State to boost resources, oversight in effort to bolster special education," 18 Jan. 2018 Another student who spoke, Gabriel Josephs, described getting powerful support to face his dyslexia. New York Times, "At Graduation, a Son in the Limelight and a Father in the Shadows," 3 July 2018 Maybe keeping my dyslexia on the down-low is better. Lisa Wood Shapiro, WIRED, "The End of Dyslexia," 18 June 2018 While her husband was vice president, Mrs. Bush began an effort to improve literacy around the country, prompted initially by her son Neil’s dyslexia. Bradley Olson, WSJ, "Barbara Bush Remembered as Tough, Loving Matriarch," 21 Apr. 2018 Schreiner University in Kerrville will host a conference on dyslexia featuring reading expert and award-winning professor Maryanne Wolf of Tufts University. Silvia Foster-frau, San Antonio Express-News, "Dyslexia expert to speak at Schreiner University," 10 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of dyslexia

circa 1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dyslexia

New Latin, from dys- + Greek lexis word, speech, from legein to say — more at legend

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English Language Learners Definition of dyslexia

medical : a condition in the brain that makes it hard for a person to read, write, and spell


dys·​lex·​ia | \ dis-ˈlek-sē-ə \

Kids Definition of dyslexia

: a learning disability in which a person usually has a problem in reading, spelling, and writing

Other Words from dyslexia

dyslexic \ -​ˈlek-​sik \ adjective


dys·​lex·​ia | \ dis-ˈlek-sē-ə \

Medical Definition of dyslexia 

: a variable often familial learning disability that involves difficulties in acquiring and processing language and that is typically manifested by a lack of proficiency in reading, spelling, and writing

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