mutism

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mut·ism

 (myo͞o′tĭz′əm)
n.
The condition of being unable or unwilling to speak as a result of a physical or psychological disorder.

mutism

(ˈmjuːtɪzəm)
n
1. the state of being mute
2. (Psychiatry) psychiatry
a. a refusal to speak although the mechanism of speech is not damaged
b. the lack of development of speech, due usually to early deafness

mut•ism

(ˈmyu tɪz əm)

n.
an inability to speak, due to a physical defect, conscious refusal, or psychogenic inhibition.
[1815–25]

mutism

Psychiatry. a conscious or unconscious refusal to make verbal responses to questions, present in some mental disorders.
See also: Speech
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mutism - the condition of being unable or unwilling to speak; "her muteness was a consequence of her deafness"
condition, status - a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations"
deaf-muteness, deaf-mutism - congenital deafness that results in inability to speak
Translations

mutism

n (Psych) → Mutismus m

mut·ism

n. mutismo, mudez.

mutism

n mutismo, mudez f; selective — mutismo selectivo
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And the bottled-up distress and frustration sets Anthony off on an attention seeking spell of elective mutism, the sustaining of which impresses everybody as he literally turns himself into the titular Mute Button.
Her mother doesn't even pretend to understand why her daughter has elective mutism and spends most of her time pursuing her burgeoning art career.
A review and controlled single case evaluation of behavioral approaches to the management of elective mutism.
TABLE Common causes of speech and language delays Autism Bilingualism Cerebral palsy Elective mutism Expressive language disorder Hearing loss Maturation delay (developmental language delay) Receptive aphasia Source: Leung A, et al.