(Greek: bad, harsh, wrong; ill; hard to do, difficult at; slow of; disordered; impaired, defective)

1. Any disturbance in sweat production or excretion.
2. A recurrent vesicular eruption on the skin of the hands and feet marked by intense itching.
dyshidrosis, dysidrosis (s); dyshidroses, dysidroses (pl)
1. A disorder of the sweating apparatus.
2. Any disturbance in sweat production or sweat excretion.
3. A disease of the sweat-glands, in which the sweat is retained (instead of perspiring) and produces swellings.
1. A sleeping disorder.
2. Difficult or restless sleep.
A misspelling of disjunction.
The abnormality of the nucleus of a cell.
dyskinesia, dyscinesia (s); dyskinesias, dyscinesias (pi) (nouns)
1. A defect in the ability to perform voluntary movement.
2. A class of diseases in which voluntary motion is impeded or handicapped.
3. Distortion of voluntary movements; involuntary muscular activity such as a tic, spasm, or myoclonus.
Derangement or impediment in speech; specifically, that which is due to defects in the organs of speech or motor nerves.
1. Referring to a condition in which an individual with normal vision is unable to interpret written language.
2. Relating to difficulty in reading resulting from defects in the brain; specifically, word blindness.
dyslexia (s) (noun), dyslexias (pl)
1. Great difficulty or disruption of the ability to learn to read or to spell.
2. Difficulty in reading due to defects in the brain; specifically, word blindness.
3. An imprecise term concerning a condition in which an individual with normal vision is unable to interpret written language.

These individuals can see and recognize letters but are unable to spell and write words. Some great intellects, including Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Woodrow Wilson, and Winston Churchill, are thought to have been dyslexic.

4. Impaired reading ability with a competence level below that expected on the basis of the individual’s level of intelligence, and in the presence of apparent normal vision and letter recognition and normal recognition of the meanings of pictures and objects.

A few clarifications regarding dyslexia

Two commonly held beliefs about dyslexia are that children with it see letters or words backward, and that the problem is linked to intelligence.

Both beliefs are considered to be wrong. The problem is a linguistic one, not a visual one, in dyslexia; and dyslexia in no way stems from any lack of intelligence. People with severe dyslexia can be and have been known to be of superior intelligence.

In fact, the effects of dyslexia vary from person to person. The only shared trait among people with dyslexia is that they read at levels significantly lower than is typical for people of their ages. Dyslexia is not the same as reading retardation which may reflect mental retardation or cultural deprivation.

—Compiled from information located at
Webster's New World Medical Dictionary;
Wiley Publishing, Inc.; Hoboken, New Jersey; 2008, page 129.
dyslexic (noun), more dyslexic, most dyslexic
A reference to a special developmental disability that alters the way the brain processes written material: "The usual treatment for dyslexic individual is to modify teaching methods and the educational environment to meet the specific needs of each person."
dyslexical (adjective), more dyslexical, most dyslexical
Pertaining to the process of typing or writing letters in an abnormal arrangement than that which is meant to be: "The student's dyslexical attempts to compose a report usually were very confusing for anyone to read and to understand what the person was trying to communicate."
dyslipidosis, dyslipoidosis (s); dyslipidoses, dyslipoidoses (pl) (nouns)
A disorder of fat metabolism.
A “bad place (hard-to-place) lizard” from Late Jurassic or Late Cretaceous North America (Wyoming).

Dyslocosaurus is thought to be the last of an unknown line of North American sauropods. The possibility exists that its remains were improperly dated and that rather than being from the Late Cretaceous, it might actually be from the Late Jurassic.

Named by John Stanton McIntosh (1923-), Walter P. Coombs, Jr., and Dale Alan Russell in 1992.

1. Problems in speaking caused by problems in reasoning ability.
2. Difficulty in expressing ideas; incoherence of speech.
dyslogistic (adjective), more dyslogistic, most dyslogistic
1. Descriptive of statements that are not favorable and which are abusive and/or disrespectful and uncomplimentary: When Jane's boss was upset because she didn't get a report on his desk as scheduled, he used the dyslogistic terms of "nitwit" and "incompetent" to express his displeasure.
2. A reference to having difficulty in expressing ideas or being unable to speak properly: Karen's son is having more dyslogistic problems whenever he tries to talk and doctors still don't have a cure for his condition.
An uncomplimentary remark or comment.
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Inter-related cross references, directly or indirectly, involving word units meaning "bad, wrong": caco-, kako-; mal-; mis-; pessim-; sceler-.

Cross references directly, or indirectly, involving "slow, slowness, slow of, sluggish": lent-; tard-.