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[ek-oh-ley-lee-uh] /ˌɛk oʊˈleɪ li ə/

Psychiatry. the uncontrollable and immediate repetition of words spoken by another person.
the imitation by a baby of the vocal sounds produced by others, occurring as a natural phase of childhood development.
(psychiatry) the tendency to repeat mechanically words just spoken by another person: can occur in cases of brain damage, mental retardation, and schizophrenia

1885, from Greek ekho (see echo (n.)) + lalia “talk, prattle, a speaking,” from lalein “to speak, prattle,” of echoic origin.

echolalia ech·o·la·li·a (ěk’ō-lā’lē-ə)

ech’o·la’lic (-lĭk) adj.


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