from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In pathology, partial or complete loss of the power of articulation, due to paralysis of muscles employed in articulating. See
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Med.) Inability to utter articulate sounds, due either to paralysis of the larynx or to that form of aphasia, called
motor, or ataxis, aphasia, due to loss of control of the muscles of speech.
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- noun medicine The
lossof the abilityto speak, especially due to paralysisof the vocal cords
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- noun paralysis of the vocal cords resulting in an inability to speak
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The third frontal convolution and the island of Reil were small on both sides, corresponding to the alalia.
The complete inability to articulate is called alalia.
If it is inborn, then this lack of speech, alalia, is called _deaf-mutism_, although the so-called deaf and dumb are not in reality dumb, but only deaf.