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Loss of the motor ability that enables speech.

[New Latin, from Greek anarthros, not articulated; see anarthrous.]

an·ar′thric (-thrĭk) adj.
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(Medicine) pathol loss of the ability to speak coherently
[C19: New Latin, from Greek anarthros lacking vigour, from an- + arthros joint]
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Noun1.anarthria - partial or total loss of articulate speech resulting from lesions of the central nervous systemanarthria - partial or total loss of articulate speech resulting from lesions of the central nervous system
defect of speech, speech defect, speech disorder - a disorder of oral speech
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24 hour after his admission, he had a progression with anarthria and bilateral palsy of lower motor cranial nerves.
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Anterior opercular cortex lesions cause dissociated lower cranial nerve palsies and anarthria but no aphasia: Foix-Chavany-Marie syndrome and ''automatic voluntary dissociation'' revisited.
Starting insidiously with an impairment of fine hand movements, foot drop, or slurred speech, in 2 to 5 years it leads to quadriplegia, anarthria, aphagia, and respiratory insufficiency [1].
Seizures, dysphagia, and anarthria also appear very often.
Hypoglossal nerve palsy (CN-XII) causes swallowing disturbance and masticatory dysfunction, as well as dysarthria and anarthria. Proper diagnosis and treatment are critical because coexisting symptoms can result from undiagnosed or untreated OCFs, which sometimes can be fatal [7].