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aphasia

a·pha·sia

aphasia

 
pronunciation:
feI zh
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part of speech: noun
definition: partial or total loss of the ability to use or to understand spoken or written language, usu. as a result of damage to the brain.
derivations: aphasic (adj.), aphasiac (n.), aphasic (n.)
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The word aphasia contains the following part:
a-1, an-1 Greek prefix that means not, without
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Words prefixed with a-1, an-1 are nouns and adjectives. Some are loanwords from Greek (amorphous , atrophy ). Others are English formations, which may attach the prefix to English words of Latin origin (asocial , amoral ) or Greek origin (apolitical). The form a-1 is used before bases beginning with a consonant, while an-1 is used before bases beginning with a vowel.