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

[New Latin aphōnia, from Greek aphōniā, speechlessness, from aphōnos, voiceless : a-, without; see a-1 + phōnē, voice; see bhā- in Indo-European roots.]

a·phon′ic (ā-fŏn′ĭk, ā-fō′nĭk) adj.


(əˈfəʊnɪə) or


(Pathology) loss of the voice caused by damage to the vocal tract
[C18: via New Latin from Greek, from a-1 + phōnē sound, voice]


(eɪˈfoʊ ni ə)

loss of voice, esp. due to an organic or functional disturbance of the vocal organs.
[1770–80; < Greek: speechlessness. See a-6, phon-, -ia]
a•phon•ic (eɪˈfɒn ɪk) adj., n.

aphonia, aphony

loss of the power of speech; dumbness. — aphonic, — apho-nous, adj.
See also: Speech
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Noun1.aphonia - a disorder of the vocal organs that results in the loss of voice
defect of speech, speech defect, speech disorder - a disorder of oral speech


n. afonía, pérdida de la voz debido a una afección localizada en la laringe.
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Based on these data, primary TEP may be preferable for several reasons, including a greater likelihood of successful voice restoration, a shorter duration of postoperative aphonia, and the elimination of the need for a second operation and interim tube feedings.
1) Moreover, secondary TEP patients may have more reasonable expectations regarding the quality of tracheoesophageal speech and therefore be more satisfied with their voice following the period of postoperative aphonia.