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Wernicke's Aphasia


Updated January 27, 2009

Wernicke's Aphasia
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Definition: Inability to understand spoken language due to injury to the area of the brain that helps us carry out this task. This area is known as Wernicke's area.

In addition to the inability to understand spoken language, people with Wernicke's aphasia speak incoherently because they also lose the ability to understand their own words.

Also Known As: receptive aphasia, sensory aphasia
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