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The involuntary imitation of movements made by others, sometimes occurring in people with schizophrenia and certain other mental disorders.

[echo + Greek prāxis, action + -ia.]


(ˌɛkəʊˈpræksɪə) or


(Medicine) the involuntary imitation of the actions of others
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Despite the portrayal in the popular media, it is particularly rare to have complex tics that include copropraxia (an obscene gesture), coprolalia (an obscene movement), echolalia (repeating another's words), or echopraxia (repeating another's actions).
Echopraxia (ie, mimicking another's movements) Source: Reference 10 Table 2 Adverse effects of synthetic cannabinoids Category of symptom Adverse effects General symptoms Tremor, blurred vision, dizziness, insomnia, sedation, combativeness, psychomotor retardation Mood disturbance Depression, euphoria, irritability Psychosis Prolonged episodes, hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, thought blocking, blunted affect, alogia, catatonia Anxiety symptoms General anxiety, panic attacks Cognitive effects Memory impairment
Various researchers, including Luria (1980), have noted perseveration, stimulus bound behavior, echopraxia, and echolalia.