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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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(2) Dysphonia leads to adverse vocal symptoms such as hoarseness, weakness, sore throat, and aphonia. (3) The most common organic pathology identified in this occupational group is vocal fold nodules, which are commonly associated with vocal abuse.
(1) The muscle tension patterns in MTD can be significant in nature and even prevent normal phonation from taking place, which is why aphonia (the inability to produce sound) is often grouped with MTD as the letter A (MTD/A).
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These symptoms progressed to aphonia for 3 days and a sensation of throat swelling.
The other case reported in the literature was a 13-year-old male patient who complained of sore throat, aphonia, and respiratory difficulties that lasted for four days.
(36) carried out a study with 28 patients diagnosed with psychogenic dysphonia and found that the most frequent form of clinical presentation was conversion aphonia followed by skeletal muscle tension and intermittent sonority.
His exam was negative for stridor, hypoxia, and aphonia. The patient was slightly tachycardic and afebrile.
Variable degrees of incoordination (ataxia) may be evident, resulting in a bizarre walk or inability to stand unaided (astasia-abasia), or there may be exaggerated trembling or shaking of the extremities or the whole body, resembling almost any variety of ataxia, apraxia, akinesia, aphonia, dysarthria, dyskinesia, or paralysis (3).
Other types of manifestations consist of muscle twitching, aphonia, pleuretic chest pain and convulsions.
Four months later, at the age of fifteen, she was admitted to the hospital in her residential area with a history of abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, difficulty in breathing and coughing for the past two days, and one-month history of aphonia. Examination findings revealed apyrexia, pallor, poor peripheral perfusion, and difficulty in breathing with global retraction and bilateral crepitations at pulmonary auscultation.