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[dis-lek-see-uh] /dɪsˈlɛk si ə/
noun, Pathology
any of various reading disorders associated with impairment of the ability to interpret spatial relationships or to integrate auditory and visual information.
Origin of dyslexia
1885-90; < New Latin < Greek dys- dys- + léx(is) word + -ia -ia Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dyslexia
  • The fact that there is a text-to-speech function would be a great help for visually impaired readers, or those with dyslexia.
  • dyslexia manifests itself as a difficulty with a highly unnatural activity: reading.
  • dyslexia dysfunctions may explain some of the penchant for delay.
  • It's the leading software product for kids with dyslexia.
  • Remedial programs for students with dyslexia often succeed only in making bad readers into slightly better bad readers.
  • dyslexia is usually interpreted broadly to include equations.
  • She has severe dyslexia and has been diagnosed, etc etc.
  • Eye exercises are useful for some problems, but they do not seem to relieve myopia or dyslexia.
  • Fla, that provides workshops for children and adults with dyslexia.
  • His dyslexia sometimes leaves him grasping to text the right acronym to his friends.
British Dictionary definitions for dyslexia


a developmental disorder which can cause learning difficulty in one or more of the areas of reading, writing, and numeracy Nontechnical name word blindness
Derived Forms
dyslectic (dɪsˈlɛktɪk) adjective, noun
dyslexic, adjective
Usage note
Rather than talking about a person being dyslexic or about dyslexics, it is better to talk about a person with dyslexia, people with dyslexia
Word Origin
from dys- + -lexia from Greek lexis word
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Word Origin and History for dyslexia

c.1887, from German dyslexie (1883), from Greek dys- "bad, abnormal, difficult" (see dys-) + lexis "word," from legein "speak" (see lecture (n.)). Dyslexic (n.) is first recorded 1961; dyslectic (adj.) from 1964.

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dyslexia in Medicine

dyslexia dys·lex·i·a (dĭs-lěk'sē-ə)
A learning disorder marked by impairment of the ability to recognize and comprehend written words.

dys·lec'tic (-lěk'tĭk) n.
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dyslexia in Science
A learning disability marked by impairment of the ability to recognize and comprehend written words.
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dyslexia in Culture
dyslexia [(dis-lek-see-uh)]

Difficulty in reading when experienced by persons with normal vision and normal or above-normal intelligence. A common example of dyslexia is reading words with the letters in reverse order, as in fyl for fly.

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