Definición de mutism en inglés:

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Pronunciación: /ˈmyo͞odˌizəm/


1Inability to speak, typically as a result of congenital deafness or brain damage.
Oraciones de ejemplo
  • Damage can occur to the basal ganglia or to the frontal lobes (behind the brow) which control initiation of speech, causing mutism when damaged.
1.1 (in full elective mutism) Unwillingness or refusal to speak, arising from psychological causes such as depression or trauma.
Oraciones de ejemplo
  • A 14-year-old boy with a pre-existing history of autism exhibited stupor with mutism, akinesia, rigidity, waxy flexibility, posturing, facial grimacing and involuntary movements of the upper extremities.
  • Selective mutism is an anxiety disorder that is usually specific to certain settings, such as a school classroom.
  • Others suffered from psychoneurotic symptoms alone - mutism, loss of speech, hysterical twitching, and uncontrollable jerkings of arms and legs.


Early 19th century: from French mutisme, from Latin mutus 'mute'.

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División en sílabas: mut·ism

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