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  1. any disturbance of normal vocal function.
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Origin of dysphonia

1700–10; < New Latin < Greek dysphōnía roughness of sound, equivalent to dys- dys- + phōn(ḗ) sound, voice + -ia -ia
Related formsdys·phon·ic [dis-fon-ik] /dɪsˈfɒn ɪk/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for dysphonia

Historical Examples

  • Dysphonia is difficulty in speaking, and is the result of some forms of laryngitis.

    The New Gresham Encyclopedia


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

  • But his worst symptom was dysphonia; he would try to articulate one word, and find himself using another.

    File No. 113

    Emile Gaboriau

British Dictionary definitions for dysphonia


  1. any impairment in the ability to speak normally, as from spasm or strain of the vocal cords
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Derived Formsdysphonic (dɪsˈfɒnɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C18: New Latin, from Greek: harshness of sound, from dys- + -phōnia -phony
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dysphonia in Medicine


  1. Difficulty in speaking, usually evidenced by hoarseness.
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