Definition of echolalia in English:

echolalia

noun

Psychiatry
  • 1Meaningless repetition of another person's spoken words as a symptom of psychiatric disorder.

    • ‘He said he had echolalia, which, the narrator explains, is a mental disease where the patient repeats what they hear.’
    • ‘Three patients were found to respond to the fenfluramine therapy with reduction in echolalia, perseveration and motor disturbances and an increase in attention and social awareness.’
    • ‘Stupor or catalepsy, mutism, posturing/grimacing/stereotypy, echolalia or echopraxia and excessive motor activity were the main catatonic features.’
    • ‘Complex tics might include jumping, smelling objects, touching the nose, touching other people, coprolalia, echolalia, or self-harming behaviors.’
    • ‘Many children with autism do not develop speech and other children with the disorder often exhibit unusual speech patterns such as echolalia or the repetition of what has been heard.’
    1. 1.1 Repetition of speech by a child learning to talk.
      repeating, echoing, parroting, quoting, copying
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Origin

Late 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek ēkhō ‘echo’ + lalia ‘speech’.

Pronunciation

echolalia

/ˌɛkoʊˈleɪliə//ˌekōˈlālēə/