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selective mutism

noun

Medical Definition of SELECTIVE MUTISM

:  an anxiety disorder of childhood characterized by consistent failure to speak in specific social settings (as at school) despite having the ability to speak normally in other settings (as at home)—called also elective mutism

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June 29, 2015
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