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aphasia
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Definition inability to use or understand language because of damage to the brain
  • aphasia caused by stroke
  • Our Father probably interpreted Broca's aphasia as God's Christmas bonus to one of His worthier employees.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • There were psychological studies of emotional stress that produced stagnate hysteria and mental aphasia, conditions which also resulted in partial or total loss of memory.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Moreover, that name of Swann, with which I had for so long been familiar, was to me now (as happens at times to people suffering from aphasia, in the case of the most ordinary words) the name of something new.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann's Way
  • LUCKY: Given the existence as uttered forth in the public works of Puncher and Wattmann of a personal God quaquaquaqua with white beard quaquaquaqua outside time without extension who from the heights of divine apathia divine athambia divine aphasia loves us dearly with some exceptions for reasons unknown but time will tell and suffers like the divine Miranda with those who for reasons unknown but time will tell are plunged in torment plunged in fire whose fire flames if that continues...
    Samuel Beckett  --  Waiting for Godot
  • Aphasia.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • After our complicated birth, physicians in Atlanta pronounced many diagnoses on my asymmetrical brain, including Wernicke's and Broca's aphasia, and sent my parents home over the icy roads on Christmas Eve with one-half a set of perfect twins and the prediction that I might possibly someday learn to read but would never speak a word.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible

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