echolalic

echolalia

[ek-oh-ley-lee-uh]
noun
1.
Psychiatry. the uncontrollable and immediate repetition of words spoken by another person.
2.
the imitation by a baby of the vocal sounds produced by others, occurring as a natural phase of childhood development.

Origin:
1880–85; echo + -lalia

echolalic [ek-oh-lal-ik, -ley-lik] , adjective
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echolalia (ˌɛkəʊˈleɪlɪə)
 
n
psychiatry the tendency to repeat mechanically words just spoken by another person: can occur in cases of brain damage, mental retardation, and schizophrenia
 
[C19: from New Latin, from echo + Greek lalia talk, chatter, from lalein to chatter]
 
echolalic
 
adj

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echolalia
1885, from Gk. ekho (see echo) + lalia "talk, prattle, a speaking," from lalein "to speak, prattle," of echoic origin.
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echolalia ech·o·la·li·a (ěk'ō-lā'lē-ə)
n.

  1. The immediate and involuntary repetition of words or phrases just spoken by others, often a symptom of autism or some types of schizophrenia. Also called echophrasia.

  2. An infant's repetition of the sounds made by others, a normal occurrence in childhood development. Also called echophrasia.


ech'o·la'lic (-lĭk) adj.
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