Difference Between Dysphagia, Dysphasia, Aphagia, Aphasia

by Bobbi on August 31, 2010

Dysphasia: Impairment of speech.

Aphasia: Language disorder (defect or loss of the power of expression by speech, writing, or signs. 

Dysphasia and aphasia are synonymous terms.  They mean a language disorder with impairment of speech and comprehension of speech.

Dysphagia is difficulty in swallowing.

Aphagia – Inability or refusal to swallow.

The tips that are given to remember these words are the “s” in dysphasia and aphasia relates to speech and the “gi” in dysphagia or aphagia relates to GI (gastrointestinal) and swallowing.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Kate September 11, 2010 at 8:10 pm

Did you know dysphagia was spelled wrong? Not trying to be critical but thought you might want to know.

Bobbi September 11, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Kate, I did not see that mistake but thank you for pointing it out. I would never think that was being critical, and I really do appreciate the feedback.

Debbie October 20, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Thanks Bobbi, for giving me a way to remember this! I have to look it up EVERYtime I come across either word. Not to say I won’t ever have to look it up again, but this sounds easy enough to remember! :)

BBC August 3, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Just remember “g” is swallowing (you could remember GI system), and “s” is language (you could remember speech or talking if it helps).


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