Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Loss of the ability to read, usually caused by brain lesions.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Inability to read, as the result of a morbid or diseased condition of nervous centers not involving loss of sight; word-blindness; text-blindness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun As used by some, inability to read aloud, due to brain disease.
  • noun More commonly, inability, due to brain disease, to understand written or printed symbols although they can be seen, as in case of word blindness.

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  • noun psychiatry The inability, due to a cerebral disorder, to comprehend or understand writing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun inability to perceive written words

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[a– + Greek lexis, speech (from legein, to speak; see leg- in Indo-European roots) + –ia.]

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ἀ ("not") + Ancient Greek λέξις ("speech") + -ia

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  • If you can read this you don't have it.

    June 15, 2011