For example the word Dyslexia is as a general term for disorders that involve difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters, and other symbols.

Similarly is there a general term for disorders that involve inability to understand & interpret arithmetic calculations?


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The term you want is dyscalculia

Severe difficulty in making arithmetical calculations, as a result of brain disorder. (Oxford Dictionary Online)

A fuller definition from the British Dyslexia Association runs

Developmental Dyscalculia (DD) is a specific learning disorder that is characterised by impairments in learning basic arithmetic facts, processing numerical magnitude and performing accurate and fluent calculations. 

  • +1. But calculations does not mean the same thing as mathematics. (But calculations might be what the OP really meant.)
    – Drew
    Jun 11, 2017 at 17:36
  • I think that definition from ODO is probably a little narrow and that the term really covers more. Hard to find a succinct definition. Jun 11, 2017 at 17:47
  • I added a definition from the British Dyslexia Association. Jun 11, 2017 at 17:59
  • Bit long, mathematically_challenged?
    – Narasimham
    Jun 11, 2017 at 20:13

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