alexia

alexia

[uh-lek-see-uh]
noun Pathology.
a neurologic disorder marked by loss of the ability to understand written or printed language, usually resulting from a brain lesion or a congenital defect.
Also called word blindness.


Origin:
1875–80; a-6 + Greek léx(is) speech (leg- stem of légein to speak + -sis -sis) + -ia; altered meaning by association of -lex- with lexicon, etc.

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alexia (əˈlɛksɪə)
 
n
Compare aphasia Nontechnical name: word blindness a disorder of the central nervous system characterized by impaired ability to read
 
[C19: from New Latin, from a-1 + Greek lexis speech; influenced in meaning by Latin legere to read]

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alexia a·lex·i·a (ə-lěk'sē-ə)
n.
Loss of the ability to comprehend the meaning of written or printed words and sentences, usually caused by brain lesions. Also called text blindness, visual aphasia, word blindness.


a·lex'ic adj.
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