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- n. speech conducted in a hushed manner, akin to a whisper or a murmur.
- n. A comatose patient's action of forming words with his lips without producing sound.
Not conversation by any civilized standard, but a kind of a mussitation, the prisoner’s half-mime half-whisper, under the nodding eye of an orderly.
The word 'mussitation' comes from a Latin word meaning 'ceasing to speak'.