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[mass noun] Language disorder marked by deficiency in the generation of speech, and sometimes also in its comprehension, due to brain disease or damage.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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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