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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British Dictionary definitions for dysphonic


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

Word Origin for dysphonia

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


  1. Difficulty in speaking, usually evidenced by hoarseness.
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