- Psychiatry. the uncontrollable and immediate repetition of words spoken by another person.
- the imitation by a baby of the vocal sounds produced by others, occurring as a natural phase of childhood development.
- psychiatry the tendency to repeat mechanically words just spoken by another person: can occur in cases of brain damage, mental retardation, and schizophrenia
1885, from Greek ekho (see echo (n.)) + lalia “talk, prattle, a speaking,” from lalein “to speak, prattle,” of echoic origin.
- The immediate and involuntary repetition of words or phrases just spoken by others, often a symptom of autism or some types of schizophrenia.echophrasia
- An infant’s repetition of the sounds made by others, a normal occurrence in childhood development.echophrasia