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(Medicine) the inability to speak

alogy, alogia

Medicine. an inability to speak, especially as the result of a brain lesion.
See also: Speech
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His speech was fluent and had a normal rate and melody, but he presented with poverty of speech content and paraphasic errors (including neologisms).
They were identified as such by their high deficit score, which was calculated by subtracting their combined total scores on the widely used Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS) for items addressing hostility, guilt, anxiety, and depression, from their combined scores for poverty of speech and blunted affect.
These drugs are known to be associated with neurological and psychological problems, including movement disorders, emotional flattening, poverty of speech and abnormal performance in neuropsychological tests.

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