[ ey-foh-nee-uh ]
/ eɪˈfoʊ ni ə /

noun Pathology.

loss of voice, especially due to an organic or functional disturbance of the vocal organs.


Origin of aphonia

1770–80; < New Latin < Greek: speechlessness. See a-6, phon-, -ia
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British Dictionary definitions for aphonia


aphony (ˈæfənɪ)

/ (əˈfəʊnɪə) /


loss of the voice caused by damage to the vocal tract

Word Origin for aphonia

C18: via New Latin from Greek, from a- 1 + phōnē sound, voice
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Medicine definitions for aphonia


[ ā-fōnē-ə ]


Loss of the voice resulting from disease, injury to the vocal cords, or psychological causes, such as hysteria.

Related forms

a•phonic (ā-fŏnĭk, ā-fōnĭk) adj.
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