[ 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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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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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 formsa•phonic (ā-fŏnĭk, ā-fōnĭk) adj.
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