Aphasia meaning

ə-fāzhə
The definition of aphasia is the loss of the ability to understand or say words, often as a result of brain damage.

An example of aphasia is not being able to speak after a bad head injury.

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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.
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Total or partial loss of the power to use or understand words, usually caused by brain disease or injury.
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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.
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Partial or total loss of the ability to articulate ideas or comprehend spoken or written language, resulting from damage to the brain that is caused by injury or disease.
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(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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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