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partial aphasia in which the patient uses wrong words, or uses words in wrong and senseless combinations. Called also paragrammatism, paraphemia, and paraphrasia.


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.
[para- + G. phasis, speech]


A type of expressive aphasia characterised by a disintegration of spoken syntax, resulting in laboured speech peppered with substantives and short phrases. Function words such as verbs are omitted—resulting in so-called telegraphic speech—or are confused with each other more often than content words.
Aetiology Broca’s aphasia, traumatic brain injury.


Neurology Use of words that approximate those intended Etiology Organic brain disease, schizophrenia Psychology Unintended garbling of speech while consciously attempting to speak