aphasia /əˈfeɪzɪə/

a

I. noun [ mass noun]

1.
[Medicine] inability (or impaired ability) to understand or produce speech, as a result of brain damage.

Compare with aphonia.
II. derivatives

aphasic /əˈfeɪzɪk /
adjective, noun


– origin mid 19th cent.: from Greek, from aphatos ‘speechless’, from a- ‘not’ + phanai ‘speak’.

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