- A form of aphasia in which a person has lost the ability to speak correctly, substituting one word for another and jumbling words and sentences unintelligibly. SEE ALSO: jargon. SYN: paragrammatism, paraphrasia, pseudoagrammatism. [para- + G. phasis, speech]
* * *par·a·pha·sia -'fā-zh(ē-)ə n aphasia in which the patient uses wrong words or uses words or sounds in senseless combinations called also paragrammatismpar·a·pha·sic -'fā-zik adj
* * *n.a disorder of language in which unintended syllables, words, or phrases are interpolated in the patient's speech. A severe degree of paraphasia results in speech that is a meaningless jumble of words and sounds, called jargon aphasia.
* * *para·pha·sia (par″ə-faґzhə) [para- + -phasia] a type of dysphasia in which a person uses wrong words or uses words in wrong and senseless combinations; called also paragrammatism, paraphemia, and paraphrasia. paraphasic adj
Medical dictionary. 2011.