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aphasia (noun) loss of speech (following an illness, or an injury caused by an accident).

If a person loses the power of speech or of understanding of words, because of shock, an accident, or an illness, they suffer from aphasia. Depending on the severity of the damage, aphasia victims may lose the power of speech permanently, for a short period, or recurrently.

  • Just when she was about to hit the peak as a singer, Jane's aphasia, resulting from a road accident, cut short her bright and rising career as a singer.
  • The old man suffers from frequent recurrences of aphasia, during which none can make out what he wants to say.
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