a type of aphasia characterized by the inability to express ideas in spoken words.
Historical Examples

Now, he knows he can talk because we all know he can, but no one knows it at present because he can’t—and that’s aphemia.
Wings of the Wind Credo Harris

aphemia a·phe·mi·a (ə-fē’mē-ə)
A form of motor aphasia in which the ability to express ideas verbally is lost.


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