mutism

[myoo-tiz-uh m]

noun Psychiatry.

an inability to speak, due to a physical defect, conscious refusal, or psychogenic inhibition.

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Nearby words

  1. mutilating keratoderma,
  2. mutilation,
  3. mutineer,
  4. mutinous,
  5. mutiny,
  6. muton,
  7. mutsuhito,
  8. mutt,
  9. mutt and jeff,
  10. mutter

Origin of mutism

From the New Latin word mūtismus, dating back to 1815–25. See mute, -ism

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British Dictionary definitions for mutism

mutism

noun

the state of being mute
psychiatry
  1. a refusal to speak although the mechanism of speech is not damaged
  2. the lack of development of speech, due usually to early deafness
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Word Origin and History for mutism

mutism

n.

"state of being mute," 1824, from French mutisme (1741), from Latin mutus (see mute (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for mutism

mutism

[myōōtĭz′əm]

n.

Absence of the faculty of speech.

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