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noun Pathology.
  1. loss of voice, especially due to an organic or functional disturbance of the vocal organs.
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Origin of aphonia

1770–80; < New Latin < Greek: speechlessness. See a-6, phon-, -ia
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Historical Examples of aphonia

  • If the recurrent laryngeal nerve be compressed, there will be dysphonia or aphonia.

    A System of Practical Medicine By American Authors, Vol. II


  • Both wounds gradually healed; but aphonia—the voice being reduced to a whisper—existed when the man left the regimental hospital.

  • The same may be said of feigned insanity, aphonia, deaf-mutism, and loss of memory.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for aphonia


aphony (ˈæfənɪ)

  1. loss of the voice caused by damage to the vocal tract
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Word Origin for aphonia

C18: via New Latin from Greek, from a- 1 + phōnē sound, voice
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Word Origin and History for aphonia


"want of voice, loss of voice, having no sound," 1719, from Modern Latin aphonia, from Greek aphonia "speechlessness," noun of quality from aphonos "voiceless," from a-, privative prefix (see a- (3)), + phone "voice" (see fame (n.)). Less-common anglicized form aphony is attested from 1827.

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aphonia in Medicine


  1. Loss of the voice resulting from disease, injury to the vocal cords, or psychological causes, such as hysteria.
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Related formsa•phonic (ā-fŏnĭk, ā-fōnĭk) adj.
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