American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

ASHA Glossary: Anomic Aphasia

A mild form of aphasia, with the most prominent difficulty being in word-finding with the patient using generic fillers in utterances, such as nonspecific nouns and pronouns (e.g., "thing"), or circumlocution, where the person describes the intended word. Comprehension and repetition of words and sentences is typically good; however, the patient may not always recognize that a word successfully retrieved is the correct word, indicating some difficulty with word recognition.

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