Definition of echolalia in English:

echolalia

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He said he had echolalia, which, the narrator explains, is a mental disease where the patient repeats what they hear.’
    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

/ˌekōˈlālēə/