mutism

[myoo-tiz-uh m]
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Origin of mutism

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

  • The most constant feature was her mutism, but even that was a few times interrupted.

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch

  • Her mutism and refusal of food she was unable to account for.

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch

  • Later, this was followed by mutism, refusal to eat, and stupor.

  • Mutism, as used in psychiatry, is an abnormal inhibition to speech.

  • From the description this again seems to have been a typical stupor (immobility, mutism, tendency to catalepsy, rigidity).

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch


British Dictionary definitions for mutism

mutism

noun
  1. the state of being mute
  2. 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
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

mutism in Medicine

mutism

[myōōtĭz′əm]
n.
  1. Absence of the faculty of speech.
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