One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Meaningless repetition or imitation of the movements of others as a symptom of psychiatric disorder.
- ‘Stupor or catalepsy, mutism, posturing/grimacing/stereotypy, echolalia or echopraxia and excessive motor activity were the main catatonic features.’
- ‘The conditions under which echopraxia can be observed are similar.’
- ‘The imitative behavior of echolalia and echopraxia can be understood as an attempt to introject the object.’
Early 20th century: modern Latin, from Greek ēkhō ‘echo’ + praxis ‘action’.
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