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The repetition of words or phrases spoken by others, often occurring in people with autism spectrum disorder and certain other mental disorders.
[echo + Greek laliā, talk (from lalos, talkative).]
ech′o·la′lic (-lĭk) adj.
(Psychiatry) psychiatry the tendency to repeat mechanically words just spoken by another person: can occur in cases of brain damage, mental retardation, and schizophrenia
[C19: from New Latin, from echo + Greek lalia talk, chatter, from lalein to chatter]
ech•o•la•li•a(ˌɛk oʊˈleɪ li ə)
the uncontrollable and immediate repetition of words spoken by another person, esp. as associated with mental disorder.
ech`o•lal′ic (-ˈlæl ɪk, -ˈleɪ lɪk) adj.
the uncontrollable and immediate repetition of sounds and words heard from others. — echolalic, adj.See also: Speech
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|Noun||1.||echolalia - an infant's repetition of sounds uttered by others|
echo - a reply that repeats what has just been said
|2.||echolalia - (psychiatry) mechanical and meaningless repetition of the words of another person (as in schizophrenia)|
n. ecolalia, trastorno de repetición involuntaria de sonidos y palabras después de oírlas.