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From Ancient Greek δυσπραξίᾱ (duspraxíā, ill success, ill luck), after the pattern of apraxia.


  • IPA(key): /dɪsˈpɹæksiə/
  • Hyphenation: dys‧prax‧ia



dyspraxia (countable and uncountable, plural dyspraxias)

  1. (neurology) A genetic neurological disorder where a person has motor skills severely below average due to their brain's inability to consistently send messages accurately to the body for the planning of motor movements.
    Synonym: developmental coordination disorder
    Many people with dyspraxia have difficulty with tying shoelaces.
    • 2010, Maureen Boon, Understanding Dyspraxia: A Guide for Parents and Teachers, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, →ISBN, page 17:
      It is not clearly known what causes dyspraxia. It appears to be a developmental delay specifically in areas affecting motor function, which may involve gross motor, fine motor or articulatory skills. Some dyspraxic children also have other learning difficulties, while some are of average or above-average intelligence.

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