Loss of ability to speak through disease of or damage to the larynx or mouth.Compare with aphasia
- ‘Some more affected children will have hoarseness, aphonia, and inspiratory retractions that are severe enough to cause chest wall deformity.’
- ‘This case report describes a patient who has throat discomfort and aphonia as atypical observations of laryngeal dystonia.’
- ‘Although she recognized the surgery as successful, the aphonia of her daughter was annoying to the mother.’
- ‘Hoarseness and aphonia are common as well as a low-grade fever.’
Late 17th century: modern Latin, from Greek aphōnia, from aphōnos voiceless from a- without + phōnē voice.