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One of several types of stuttering in which the fixation (closure) is total. The flow of speech is obstructed completely at any one, or several locations: larynx, lips, tongue, etc. The abnormality is perceived by the listener through visual awareness that the person is attempting to speak, even though little or no sound is heard. Some people use this term to refer to any type of stuttering moment. (See tonic block: clonic block.)
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Definition reprinted with permission from Hood, Stephen B. (editor) available from Stuttering Foundation of America: Stuttering Words (Publication No 2: Speech Foundation of America)

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