dyslexia

noun dys·lex·ia \ dis-ˈlek-sē-ə \
Updated on: 23 May 2018
: 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

dyslexic

play \-sik\ adjective or noun

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Origin and Etymology of dyslexia

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

DYSLEXIA Defined for English Language Learners

dyslexia

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


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dyslexia

noun dys·lex·ia \ dis-ˈlek-sē-ə \
: a learning disability in which a person usually has a problem in reading, spelling, and writing

dyslexic

\-ˈlek-sik\ adjective

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dyslexia

noun dys·lex·ia \ dis-ˈlek-sē-ə \
: 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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