echolalia


echolalia

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.

noun

  1. psychiatry the tendency to repeat mechanically words just spoken by another person: can occur in cases of brain damage, mental retardation, and schizophrenia
n.

1885, from Greek ekho (see echo (n.)) + lalia “talk, prattle, a speaking,” from lalein “to speak, prattle,” of echoic origin.

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

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