dyslexia

noun
dys·​lex·​ia | \ dis-ˈlek-sē-ə How to pronounce dyslexia (audio) \

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 How to pronounce dyslexic (audio) \ adjective or noun

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Tests revealed Adam’s issues were due to dyslexia, a learning disability that’s neurological in origin and characterized by difficulty decoding words. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "'It never got in the way of his hockey:' Blackhawks pick Adam Boqvist ready for anything after dealing with dyslexia," 6 July 2018 Dowdy projects approximately 17 percent of the student population may have dyslexia. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Humble ISD’s growing special ed population leads to expansion of services," 22 June 2018 Literacy also held personal significance because Bush had helped her son Neil overcome dyslexia. Cathleen Decker, latimes.com, "Barbara Bush dies at 92; popular first lady was also the mother of a president," 18 Apr. 2018 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

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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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The first known use of dyslexia was circa 1888

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dyslexia

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dyslexia

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

dyslexia

noun
dys·​lex·​ia | \ dis-ˈlek-sē-ə How to pronounce dyslexia (audio) \

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

dyslexia

noun
dys·​lex·​ia | \ dis-ˈlek-sē-ə How to pronounce dyslexia (audio) \

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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