Examples from the Web for mutism
It is not unlike the ordinary stupor in the fact that there was intense inactivity and mutism with great tenseness.
Dumb walls merely, their mutism leaves large scope to imagination, and one may conjecture any but the right thing.
From the description this again seems to have been a typical stupor (immobility, mutism, tendency to catalepsy, rigidity).
Her mutism and refusal of food she was unable to account for.
Later, this was followed by mutism, refusal to eat, and stupor.Studies in Forensic Psychiatry|Bernard Glueck
British Dictionary definitions for mutism
- a refusal to speak although the mechanism of speech is not damaged
- the lack of development of speech, due usually to early deafness