dys·​pho·​nia | \ dis-ˈfō-nē-ə \

Definition of dysphonia

: defective use of the voice

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Twain, who has been open about her struggle with regaining her vocal strength after a battle with Lyme disease resulting in dysphonia, sounded rested and clear. Jessi Roti, chicagotribune.com, "Shania Twain dazzles at United Center despite shadow cast by Trump comments," 20 May 2018 Krauss had been suffering from vocal problems around that time, and went on hiatus in September 2013, citing a condition called dysphonia. Mary Colurso, AL.com, "Willie Nelson & Alison Krauss to perform in Alabama at Oak Mountain Amphitheatre," 20 Feb. 2018 Another possibility was spasmodic dysphonia, a condition in which spasms of the vocal cords affect speech. Manuel Roig-franzia, Washington Post, "He was the ‘Golden Throat’ of Cox Radio. Until the day he woke up and couldn’t speak.," 18 Dec. 2017 What Mr. Hancock initially dismissed as a sore throat was diagnosed as spasmodic dysphonia, an incurable neurological condition that causes spasms in the vocal cords and is made worse by stress. Jennifer Van Allen, New York Times, "Helping Homeless Artists Turn Around Their Fortunes FEB. 17, 2016," 9 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of dysphonia

circa 1706, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dysphonia

New Latin

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dys·​pho·​nia | \ dis-ˈfō-nē-ə \

Medical Definition of dysphonia

: defective use of the voice

Other Words from dysphonia

dysphonic \ -​ˈfän-​ik \ adjective

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