Definition of mutism
: the condition of being unable to speak whether from physical, functional, or psychological cause
Recent Examples of mutism from the Web
After all, severe autism repels language, turns it chaotic or, in the case of autistic mutism, simply absorbs it wholesale, as a black hole does light.
Researchers say selective mutism is caused by anxiety, not stubbornness, so many parents of children with the disorder turn to psychiatric drugs.
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Origin and Etymology of mutism
French mutisme, from Latin mutus mute
First Known Use: 1824See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of mutism
: the condition of being mute whether from physical, functional, or psychological cause
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