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[myoo-tiz-uh m] /ˈmyu tɪz əm/

noun, Psychiatry.
an inability to speak, due to a physical defect, conscious refusal, or psychogenic inhibition.
the state of being mute


“state of being mute,” 1824, from French mutisme (1741), from Latin mutus (see mute (adj.)).

mutism mut·ism (myōō’tĭz’əm)
Absence of the faculty of speech.


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