Aphasia

Domain : Symptoms

Category : My daily life

Simplified definition

A condition in which a person has difficulty speaking or understanding other people due to damage in the parts of the brain that are responsible for language and understanding.

Source: Houria Aiouaz, for Alzheimer Foundation

Referenced definition

“Any of a large group of speech disorders involving defect or loss of the power of expression by speech, writing, or signs, or of comprehending spoken or written language, due to injury or disease of the brain or to psychogenic causes.”

Source: Termium Plus. Aphasia. [Internet]. 2007 [cited on Sept 7, 2022].

Context

“Diagnosing aphasia takes a combination of a physical exam, asking questions about your history, diagnostic imaging and testing, and more.”

Source: Cleveland Clinic. Aphasia. [Internet]. [cited on Sept 7, 2022].  

Note

  • There are different types of aphasia according to which area of the brain is affected:
    Broca’s area and Wernicke area are the two parts of the brain that work together to make us speak.
  • They are also the most commonly affected areas.

Aphasia : RELATED DEFINITIONS

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