mutism


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

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
References in periodicals archive ?
Daniel also suffers with selective mutism, an anxiety disorder that affects the ability to speak.
The 11-year-old, who is due to start secondary school in September, also suffers from autism and selective mutism, and had his leg amputated last year.
He is moved from the CCU to a general medical unit, where he begins to have episodes of mutism and negativism.
The 13-year-old schoolgirl has spent the last 10 years of her life in almost complete silence, unable to interact with anyone outside of her family, after the shock of seeing her mum collapse left her with selective mutism, a severe anxiety disorder characterised by an inability to talk.
"The conversation hobbles on," Harriet Shawcross observes at a camp for children with selective mutism. "Without daily practice, they grasp at topics like leaves in a stream, exchanging information, but never quite conversing." These children represent one kind of silence among many in Shawcross's Unspeakable, a musing and sensitive work that endeavors to give voice to the things that so many of us are unable to say.
Knowing Thunberg had been so reticent that she had previously been diagnosed with selective mutism, they tried to talk her out of it.
Typical symptoms of bilateral paramedian thalamic infarction include vertical gaze palsy, memory impairment, akinetic mutism, confusion, drowsiness, hypersomnolence, and coma (3).
The majority of patients in the sample showed features of decreased motor activity, with extreme negativism or mutism documented in 38 (90.47%) individuals and motoric immobility, including catalepsy or stupor, identified in 36 (85.71%) individuals (Figure 4).
Let me ask you have you heard of SELECTIVE MUTISM? My daughter suffers from SM a childhood anxiety disorder that keeps her from speaking or even functioning normal activities in front of other people and children.
Within days, clinical condition declined, progressing to mutism, lack of interaction, anorexia, immobility and was treated with different combinations of antidepressants and antipsychotics, with the hypothesis of major depression.
This is a lovely story about a boy who has selective mutism. The boy and his mother are very poor, so the boy decides to enter a race in the hope that he will win and subsequently benefit from the prize money.
They address common fears and anxieties of normal children, including hospitalization, nighttime fears, nightmares, school-related fears and phobias, and stressful life events; the treatment of specific anxiety disorders, including childhood worries and generalized anxiety disorder, selective mutism, obsessive-compulsive disorder, separation anxiety, social anxiety disorder, and specific phobias; and posttraumatic stress reactions due to natural and human-made disasters and sexual abuse.