Definition of mutism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmjuːtɪzəm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmjuːtɪzəm//
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a medical condition in which a person is unable to speak Word Origin early 19th cent.: from French mutisme, from Latin mutus ‘mute’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: mutism