One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Language disorder marked by deficiency in the generation of speech, and sometimes also in its comprehension, due to brain disease or damage.
- ‘An evidence base is emerging for the efficacy of a number of speech and language therapy interventions, especially in dysphasia, stammering, laryngectomy, and dysphonia.’
- ‘Louise has a variable level of understanding which would appear to be due to a receptive dysphasia.’
- ‘We report the oral reading of a biscriptal (Turkish-English) patient who has previously been diagnosed with deep dysphasia in Turkish.’
- ‘If the abscess is in the frontal lobes of the brain, it may cause loss of memory and reduced attention span, and dysphasia.’
- ‘Elderly people are often in this position owing to illnesses such as dementia and strokes that cause dysphasia.’
Late 19th century: from Greek dusphatos ‘hard to utter’, from dus- ‘difficult’ + phatos ‘spoken’.
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