(psychiatry) The immediate and involuntary repetition of words or phrases just spoken by others, often a symptom of autism or some types of schizophrenia.
An infant's repetition of the sounds made by others, a normal occurrence in childhood development.
The automatic repetition by someone of words spoken in his or her presence, esp. as a symptom of mental disorder.
The repetition of words or phrases spoken by others, often occurring in people with autism spectrum disorder and certain other mental disorders.
Any apparently meaningless, repetitious noises, especially voices.
Other Word Forms
Origin of echolalia
- echo Greek laliā talk (from lalos talkative)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From echo + -lalia.