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mutism

[ myoo-tiz-uhm ]
/ ˈmyu tɪz əm /
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noun Psychiatry.
an inability to speak, due to a physical defect, conscious refusal, or psychogenic inhibition.
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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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British Dictionary definitions for mutism

mutism
/ (ˈmjuːtɪzəm) /

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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Medical definitions for mutism

mutism
[ myōōtĭz′əm ]

n.
Absence of the faculty of speech.
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