echo·​la·​lia | \ ˌe-kō-ˈlā-lē-ə \

Definition of echolalia

: the often pathological repetition of what is said by other people as if echoing them

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Other Words from echolalia

echolalic \ ˌe-​kō-​ˈla-​lik \ adjective

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The flapping and the echolalia are not just oddities. David Dobbs, WIRED, "Dissing the Disabled Without Data: A Biologist Mom Punches Back," 10 Feb. 2012

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First Known Use of echolalia

circa 1885, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for echolalia

New Latin

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The first known use of echolalia was circa 1885

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echo·​la·​lia | \ ˌek-ō-ˈlā-lē-ə \

Medical Definition of echolalia

: the often pathological repetition of what is said by other people as if echoing them

Other Words from echolalia

echolalic \ -​ˈlal-​ik \ adjective

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