Definition of dysarthria in English:



mass nounMedicine
  • Difficult or unclear articulation of speech that is otherwise linguistically normal.

    • ‘Functional deficits in tongue movement contribute to a host of disorders, including obstructive sleep apnea, dysarthria, and dysphagia.’
    • ‘The diagnosis usually is not suspected until the neurological symptoms, including cognitive impairment, pain and paresthesias, dysarthria, and gait abnormalities, appear.’
    • ‘A 50 year old man presented with a two week history of a flu-like illness and four days of dysarthria, dysphagia, shortness of breath, and neck discomfort.’
    • ‘She was intelligent, articulate, despite severe dysarthria, was positive, willing to give anything a go, and had a wicked, infectious sense of humour.’
    • ‘From the hospital correspondence, you gather the psychiatrist detected dysarthria and abnormal involuntary movements and asked for a neurologist's opinion.’


Late 19th century from dys-‘difficult’ + Greek arthron ‘joint or articulation’.