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(Medicine) the inability to speak
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alogy, alogia

Medicine. an inability to speak, especially as the result of a brain lesion.
See also: Speech
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The illness is characterised by multiple symptoms that are categorized into three main clusters known as positive symptoms (hallucinations, delusional behaviors and thought disorder), negative symptoms (social withdrawal, flattened affect and poverty of speech), and cognitive dysfunction (diminished capacity for attention, working memory and executive function).
Negative symptoms of schizophrenia--such as social withdrawal, avolition, avoidance, lack of spontaneity, anhedonia, poverty of speech, and blunted affect--often persist after successful treatment of positive symptoms, such as hallucinations and delusions.
His speech was fluent and had a normal rate and melody, but he presented with poverty of speech content and paraphasic errors (including neologisms).

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