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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Loss of the voice resulting from disease, injury to the vocal cords, or various psychological causes, such as hysteria.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In pathology, loss of voice through a morbid condition of the larynx or its immediate innervation; dumbness; speechlessness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) Loss of voice or vocal utterance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun medicine Loss of voice; the inability to speak

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a disorder of the vocal organs that results in the loss of voice

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin aphōnia, from Greek aphōniā, speechlessness, from aphōnos, voiceless : a-, without; see a– + phōnē, voice; see bhā- in Indo-European roots.]

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