dysphasia

noun
dys·​pha·​sia | \ dis-ˈfā-zh(ē-)ə How to pronounce dysphasia (audio) \

Definition of dysphasia

: loss of or deficiency in the power to use or understand language as a result of injury to or disease of the brain

Other Words from dysphasia

dysphasic \ dis-​ˈfā-​zik How to pronounce dysphasia (audio) \ noun or adjective

Examples of dysphasia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One resident, a 72-year-old Marine Corps veteran, died of septic shock stemming from an untreated urinary tract infection, dysphasia and pneumonia: complications spurred by improper medical care and neglect. Dana Ferguson, Twin Cities, 24 Sep. 2019 Brayson had been diagnosed with fragile X syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, impulse control disorder and dysphasia, according to records obtained by IndyStar. Marisa Kwiatkowski, Indianapolis Star, 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of dysphasia

circa 1883, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dysphasia

borrowed from French dysphasie, from dys- + -phasie (in aphasie aphasia)

Note: Perhaps first suggested by the physician and librarian René-Marie Briau (1810-86), in a note entitled "Aphémie et aphasie," published in the Gazette hebdomadaire de médecine et de chirurgie, vol. 1, no. 6 (February 5, 1864), pp. 95-96. The note was Briau's reaction to the controversy over the two terms aphémie et aphasie (see note at aphasia).

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“Dysphasia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dysphasia. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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dysphasia

noun
dys·​pha·​sia | \ dis-ˈfā-zh(ē-)ə How to pronounce dysphasia (audio) \

Medical Definition of dysphasia

: loss of or deficiency in the power to use or understand language as a result of injury to or disease of the brain — compare dysarthria

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