akinetic mutism


noun Pathology, Psychiatry.

a state of apparent alertness with normal eye movements but no speech or other voluntary motion, usually due to a stroke.

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Medical definitions for akinetic mutism

akinetic mutism

n.

A syndrome characterized by the inability to speak, loss of voluntary movement, and apparent loss of emotional feeling. It is related to lesions of the upper brainstem.
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