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[L. mutus, dumb]
1. Lacking the ability to speak.
2. One who is unable to speak. According to the National Association of the Deaf, the noun sense of mute, i.e., a person who cannot speak, is technically inaccurate (most people who are deaf or hard of hearing have normal vocal cords); it is certainly outmoded, frequently offensive, and should be avoided. Website: http://www.nad.org/infocenter/infotogo/dcc/terms.html
SEE: deaf; SEE: hard of hearing
3. Deliberately refraining from speaking; choosing to remain silent.
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Venes, Donald, editor. "Mute." Taber's Medical Dictionary, 24th ed., F.A. Davis Company, 2021. Nursing Central, nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Tabers-Dictionary/769747/1/mute.
Mute. In: Venes DD, ed. Taber's Medical Dictionary. F.A. Davis Company; 2021. https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Tabers-Dictionary/769747/1/mute. Accessed June 1, 2023.
Mute. (2021). In Venes, D. (Ed.), Taber's Medical Dictionary (24th ed.). F.A. Davis Company. https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Tabers-Dictionary/769747/1/mute
Mute [Internet]. In: Venes DD, editors. Taber's Medical Dictionary. F.A. Davis Company; 2021. [cited 2023 June 01]. Available from: https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Tabers-Dictionary/769747/1/mute.
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