from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Loss of the voice resulting from disease, injury to the vocal cords, or various psychological causes, such as hysteria.
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- n. Loss of voice; the inability to speak
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Loss of voice or vocal utterance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In pathology, loss of voice through a morbid condition of the larynx or its immediate innervation; dumbness; speechlessness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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)