from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Loss of the ability to read, usually caused by brain lesions. Also called word blindness.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The inability, due to a cerebral disorder, to comprehend or understand writing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. As used by some, inability to read aloud, due to brain disease.
- n. More commonly, inability, due to brain disease, to understand written or printed symbols although they can be seen, as in case of word blindness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. inability to perceive written words
When the disability is severe, it is termed alexia.
Unintelligible there's even a Greek name for it in people, called alexia sine agrafia, lost of ability to read but not of ability to write.
Yeah, "alexia" is the complete inability to read, as opposed to dyslexia, which is a difficulty while reading.
On May 10th 2009, alexia wrote: that is just nasty. cant belive chris is with that girl
(Oliver Sacks 'most recent New Yorker article, about people who suffer from alexia, or loss of the ability to recognize written language, puts the wondrousness and complexity of that last brain function into perspective.)
Don't follow alexia or damien mulley on twitter either, they're the 'waldorf and statler' of web2. 0 - Even if you don't follow the A-Lister/meme-of-the-day, their witty commentary compels you to read scoble/winer et al just to see what lexia/mulley are talking about.
Oliver Sacks' most recent New Yorkerarticle, about people who suffer from alexia, or loss of the ability to recognize written language, puts the wondrousness and complexity of that last brain function into perspective.
Ben – forgot to take his meds again … he seems to suffer from severe mental disorders … as in alexia Loss of a previously intact ability to grasp the meaning of written or printed words and sentences. alogia An impoverishment in thinking that is inferred from observing speech and language behavior.
Isn't 'alexia' what they call it when you can't read because you have brain damage?
Link | December 24th, 2008 at 2:58 am alexia wrote, wow…..this dog is huge but really its just another horse.