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deaf-mute

[def-myoot] /ˈdɛfˈmyut/
adjective
1.
unable to hear and speak.
noun
2.
a person who is unable to hear and speak, especially one in whom inability to speak is due to congenital or early deafness.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; translation of French sourd-muet
Related forms
deaf-muteness, deaf-mutism, noun
Usage note
See dumb.
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British Dictionary definitions for deafmutism

deaf-mute

noun
1.
a person who is unable to hear or speak See also mute1 (sense 7), mutism (sense 2b)
adjective
2.
unable to hear or speak
Derived Forms
deaf-muteness, deaf-mutism, noun
Usage note
Using this word to refer to people without speech is considered outdated and offensive, and should be avoided. The phrase profoundly deaf is a suitable alternative in many contexts
Word Origin
C19: translation of French sourd-muet
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deafmutism in Medicine

deafmutism deaf·mut·ism (děf'myōō'tĭz'əm)
n.
Inability to hear and speak. No longer in technical use.

deaf-mute (děf'myōōt')
n.
A person who can neither hear nor speak. No longer in technical use. adj. (děf-myōōt')
Unable to speak or hear.

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