- loss of voice, especially due to an organic or functional disturbance of the vocal organs.
Origin of aphonia
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Examples from the Web for aphonia
If the recurrent laryngeal nerve be compressed, there will be dysphonia or aphonia.
Both wounds gradually healed; but aphonia—the voice being reduced to a whisper—existed when the man left the regimental hospital.A Treatise on Gunshot Wounds
The same may be said of feigned insanity, aphonia, deaf-mutism, and loss of memory.Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology
W. G. Aitchison Robertson
There is no aphonia, a sign so typical of adult and of infantile beriberi, although at times the voice is abnormal and whining.Scurvy Past and Present
Alfred Fabian Hess
It would cheer me considerably to learn that gobblers occasionally suffer from aphonia or speechlessness.The Red Cow and Her Friends
- loss of the voice caused by damage to the vocal tract
C18: via New Latin from Greek, from a- 1 + phōnē sound, voice
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Word Origin and History for aphonia
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- Loss of the voice resulting from disease, injury to the vocal cords, or psychological causes, such as hysteria.
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