American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Loss of the voice resulting from disease, injury to the vocal cords, or various psychological causes, such as hysteria.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In pathology, loss of voice through a morbid condition of the larynx or its immediate innervation; dumbness; speechlessness. It is a condition in which one wants to speak and knows how to do so, but cannot produce a vocal sound, though he may whisper. Also
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) Loss of voice or vocal utterance.
- n. a disorder of the vocal organs that results in the loss of voice
- New Latin aphōnia, from Greek aphōniā, speechlessness, from aphōnos, voiceless : a-, without; see a-1 + phōnē, voice; see bhā-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Another time he lost his voice, a condition known as aphonia, which can have psychological causes.”
“Quite the provocative tribute to her three months aphonia marathon at the MoMa.”
“The point is not an easy one — this relation of thought to non-voice: We can only think if language is not our voice, only if we reach our own aphonia at its very bottom”
“Turning radically back, in death, from its having been thrown into Da, Dasein's negative retrieves its own aphonia (60).”
“The first areas to become paralyzed are usually the throat and larynx, resulting in aphonia, dysphagia, and complete aphagia.”
“Then there may be spasms, convulsions, retention of urine, paralysis, aphonia (loss of voice), blindness, and a lot more.”
“In children, hysterical pain, hysterical contractures or palsies, mutism, and aphonia are the most usual symptoms.”
“The same may be said of feigned insanity, aphonia, deaf-mutism, and loss of memory.”
“At first this seemed unaccountable, but later it was found that the old woman for whom the patient had been caring had a "stroke" with loss of the power to speak, though no aphonia.”
“He had an almost complete aphonia, spoke hoarsely and in a whisper and presented all the signs of abductor laryngeal paralysis; added to which there was a partial hemiplegia of the right side involving the upper and lower extremities, but not the face or any of the cranial nerves other than that supplying the right laryngeal abductor.”
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