• WordNet 3.6
    • n aphonia a disorder of the vocal organs that results in the loss of voice
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Aphonia (Med) Loss of voice or vocal utterance.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n aphonia 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 aphony.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL. aphonia, Gr. , fr. voiceless; 'a priv. + voice: cf. F. aphonie,


In literature:

Disturbance of the sight shortly intervened, associated with aphonia.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
In children, hysterical pain, hysterical contractures or palsies, mutism, and aphonia are the most usual symptoms.
"The Nervous Child" by Hector Charles Cameron
The same may be said of feigned insanity, aphonia, deaf-mutism, and loss of memory.
"Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology" by W. G. Aitchison Robertson
Aphonia is often complete, deglutition impossible, respiration difficult.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various
Often there is loss of voice (hysterical aphonia).
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 2" by Various
There is no aphonia, a sign so typical of adult and of infantile beriberi, although at times the voice is abnormal and whining.
"Scurvy Past and Present" by Alfred Fabian Hess