Loss of the voice as a result of disease or injury to the larynx. [G. a- priv. + phone, voice]
- hysterical a. loss of voice for psychogenic reasons, as in some varieties of hysteria. SYN: nonorganic a..
- nonorganic a. SYN: hysterical a..
- a. paralytica a. due to paralysis of the vocal cords.
- spastic a. a. caused by spasmodic contraction of the laryngeal adductor muscles provoked by attempted phonation.

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apho·nia (')ā-'fō-nē-ə n loss of voice and of all but whispered speech
apho·nic -'fän-ik, -'fō-nik adj

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absence or loss of the voice caused by disease of the larynx or mouth or by disease of the nerves and muscles involved in the generation and articulation of speech. If loss of speech is due to a defect in the cerebral hemispheres, the disorder is aphasia.

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apho·nia (a-foґne-ə) [a-1 + phon- + -ia] 1. loss of voice. Cf. dysphonia. 2. mutism.

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  • aphonia — noun Etymology: New Latin, from Greek aphōnia, from aphōnos voiceless, from a + phōnē sound more at ban Date: 1778 loss of voice and of all but whispered speech • aphonic adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • aphonia — /ay foh nee euh/, n. Pathol. loss of voice, esp. due to an organic or functional disturbance of the vocal organs. [1770 80; < NL < Gk: speechlessness. See A 6, PHON , IA] * * * …   Universalium

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