Meaning of echopraxia in English:


Pronunciation /ˌɛkəʊˈpraksɪə/


mass nounPsychiatry
  • Meaningless imitation of movements just made by another person, occurring as a symptom of mental conditions.

    ‘Stupor or catalepsy, mutism, posturing/grimacing/stereotypy, echolalia or echopraxia and excessive motor activity were the main catatonic features.’
    • ‘The conditions under which echopraxia can be observed are similar.’
    • ‘The imitative behavior of echolalia and echopraxia can be understood as an attempt to introject the object.’


Early 20th century modern Latin, from Greek ēkhō ‘echo’ + praxis ‘action’.