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apraxia
n. loss of the ability to perform intentional motions due to an injury to the nervous system

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Apraxia
Apraxia (from Greek praxis, an act, work, or deed) is the inability to execute learned purposeful movements, despite having the desire and the physical capacity to perform the movements. Apraxia is an acquired disorder of motor planning, but is not caused by incoordination, sensory loss, or failure to comprehend simple commands (which can be tested by asking the person to recognize the correct movement from a series). It is caused by damage to specific areas of the cerebrum. Apraxia should not be confused with ataxia, a lack of coordination of movements; aphasia, an inability to produce and/or comprehend language; abulia, the lack of desire to carry out an action; or allochiria, in which patients perceive stimuli to one side of the body as occurring on the other. Developmental coordination disorder (DCD) is the developmental disorder of motor planning.

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apraxia

Noun
1. inability to make purposeful movements
(hypernym) brain disorder, encephalopathy, brain disease


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apraxia
noun
being unable to make proper movements


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apraxia
A brain disorder marked by inability or underability to move coordinately, and/or to manipulate objects, even without problems related to bones, muscles, the senses, and comprehension.


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