Aphasia Definition

ə-fāzhə
noun
Total or partial loss of the power to use or understand words, usually caused by brain disease or injury.
Webster's New World
Partial or total loss of the ability to articulate ideas or comprehend spoken or written language, resulting from damage to the brain from injury or disease.
American Heritage Medicine

(pathology) A partial or total loss of language skills due to brain damage. Usually, damage to the left perisylvian region, including Broca's area and Wernike's area, causes aphasia.

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Other Word Forms of Aphasia

Noun

Singular:
aphasia
Plural:
aphasias

Origin of Aphasia

  • Greek from aphatos speechless a- not a–1 phatos spoken, speakable (from phanai to speak –phasia)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Modern Latin, from Ancient Greek ἀφασία (aphasia), from ἄφατος (aphatos, “speechless”), from ἀ- (a-, “not”) + φάσις (phasis, “speech”).

    From Wiktionary

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