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 \ dis-​ˈlek-​sik How to pronounce dyslexic (audio) \ adjective or noun

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Her 10-year-old son, Miles, who was recently diagnosed with dyslexia, plays an educational computer game that his parents hope will help improve his reading and math skills. Larry Fenn, The Denver Post, "Homework gap: Millions of students lack internet at home," 10 June 2019 Her 10-year-old son, Miles, who was recently diagnosed with dyslexia, plays an educational computer game that his parents hope will help improve his reading and math skills. NBC News, "'Homework gap' shows millions of students lack home internet," 10 June 2019 My late father was never diagnosed with dyslexia, but probably had it. Robyn Curnow, CNN, "The upside to dyslexia, even as a journalist," 6 June 2019 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

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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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