phon-, phono-, -phone, -phonia, -phonic, -phonetic, -phonous, -phonically, -phonetically, -phony +
This phono-, phon- should not be confused with another phono-, phon- that means "slaughter, murder, homicide". In Greek, a distinction is made between the phonos (PHOH nohs), "murder", which is spelled with the Greek letter omicron in the last syllable; and the Greek phonos (phoh NOHS), "voice", which is spelled with the letter omega in the last syllable. Both omicron and omega became the letter "o" in English.
, more allophonic, most allophonic
amphorophony (s) amphorophonies (pl) (noun forms)
A cavernous voice; a reference to low-pitched auscultatory sounds (sounds within the body): "The patient's amphorophony was diagnosed by the doctor as an abnormal sound of the voice that had a musical quality because of the cavities in the lungs or because of pneumothorax (free air in the chest outside the lung)."
Anglophone, anglophone (s) (noun)
; Anglophones, anglophones (pl)
1. Someone who speaks English; especially, as a first language.
2. A place where English is spoken by most people as their primary language.
antiphon (s) (noun)
, antiphons (pl)
1. A hymn or psalm performed by two groups of singers chanting alternate sections.
2. A short piece of biblical or devotional text that is chanted or sung before or after a psalm verse in a Roman catholic or Anglican church service.
3. A response or reply.
4. Literally, a Greek word meaning, sounding in response.
1. Sung, played, or recited by two or more groups performing alternate sections.
2. With alternating phases or responses, as in an antiphon.
A book, often large and richly decorated, containing antiphons or anthems to be sung or chanted responsively.
1. A reference to responsive chanting, recitation, or singing, e.g., of liturgical antiphons.
2. A musical response or answering phrase.
aphonia, aphonias, aphonic
1. A total loss of the voice and of all but whispered speech as a result of hysteria, disease, or overuse of the vocal cords; inability to produce vocal sound.
2. Loss of the voice as a result of a disease, injury, or a structural abnormality.
The inability to laugh out loud.
Variation in vowel quality in the formation of grammatically related words, as in English: give, gave.
A class of phonemes consisting usually of a pair sharing all distinctive features except one (as d and t share all of the distinctive features except that d is voiced and t is voiceless); especially, a structurally descriptive category in which a sound may be placed when it occurs in a position where it may belong to any of two or more phonemes because of neutralization or suspension of the usual contrast between them (as German t in a final position where it may correspond either to medial t or to medial d).
1. An instrument consisting of a diaphragm or plate that is placed against the teeth and conveys sound vibrations to the inner ear enabling persons with certain types of deafness to hear more or less distinctly.
2. A device used by individuals with certain types of hearing impairment which consists of a diaphragm that picks up vibrations on a tooth, rather than the eardrum, and which transmits the signal to the inner ear.
1. Increased resonance of one's own voice, breath sounds, arterial murmurs, etc., noted especially in disease of the middle ear or of the nasal fossa.
2. A condition in which the patient is aware of the sound of his voice or of his pulse amplified, as it seems, within his/her head.
3. Observation by a practitioner of the peculiarities of resonance of his own voice, when he places his head close to the chest of a patient, and speaks loudly.
4. A condition in which one's own voice seems abnormal, caused by aural catarrh (inflammation of mucous membranes; especially, of the head and throat).
A West African xylophone with gourds instead of wood.
baryphony, baryphonia, baryphonic
1. A Heavy, thick quality of the voice.
2. Difficulty of speech; thick, indistinct speech.