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selective mutism

[ si-lek-tiv myoo-tiz-uhm ]
/ sɪˈlɛk tɪv ˈmyu tɪz əm /
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noun Psychiatry.

an anxiety disorder characterized by the inability to speak in certain social environments, most commonly occurring in young children, especially in school.

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Compare elective mutism.

Origin of selective mutism

First recorded in 1995–2000
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