selective mutism

[ si-lek-tiv myoo-tiz-uhm ]

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

Origin of selective mutism

First recorded in 1995–2000

Words Nearby selective mutism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023