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a loss of the ability to speak. The term is applied to emotional disorders as well as neurological causes. A person may suffer aphemia because a fear of speaking or a refusal to participate in verbal communication. aphemic, adj.
[G. a, without, + phēmē, speech]
aphemia(ă-fē′mē-ă) [ ¹an- + Gr. phēmē, speech + -ia]
1. Motor aphasia.