dys·​pho·​nia | \ dis-ˈfō-nē-ə How to pronounce dysphonia (audio) \

Definition of dysphonia

: defective use of the voice

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Examples of dysphonia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The exact cause of spasmodic dysphonia isn't totally understood. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Selma Blair Reveals Her MS Led to Spasmodic Dysphonia," 27 Feb. 2019 Twain revealed in 2011 that she was diagnosed with dysphonia, a disorder of the vocal chords characterized by hoarseness and difficulty speaking—part of the reason for her silence these past 15 years. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Shania Twain's Dark New Album Will Deal With Her Divorce," 16 Feb. 2017 Spasmodic dysphonia is a condition affecting the muscles of the larynx. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Selma Blair Reveals Her MS Led to Spasmodic Dysphonia," 27 Feb. 2019 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

borrowed from New Latin dysphōnia, probably from dys- dys- + -phōnia (in euphōnia euphony)

Note: Alternatively, the New Latin word could be borrowed from Greek dysphōnía "roughness of sound."

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“Dysphonia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dysphonia. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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dys·​pho·​nia | \ dis-ˈfō-nē-ə How to pronounce dysphonia (audio) \

Medical Definition of dysphonia

: defective use of the voice

Other Words from dysphonia

dysphonic \ -​ˈfän-​ik How to pronounce dysphonic (audio) \ adjective

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