Definition of aphonia in English:

aphonia

(also aphony)

noun

Medicine
  • 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.’
    • ‘Hoarseness and aphonia are common as well as a low-grade fever.’
    • ‘Although she recognized the surgery as successful, the aphonia of her daughter was annoying to the mother.’

Origin

Late 17th century: modern Latin, from Greek aphōnia, from aphōnos ‘voiceless’, from a- ‘without’ + phōnē ‘voice’.

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