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A communication disorder characterized by disturbed fluency and rhythm of speech, involving repetitions of sounds or syllables, prolongations, interjections, broken words, filled or unfilled pauses, word substitutions to avoid problem words, and excessive physical tension in pronouncing words, the speech disturbance interfering with scholastic, academic, or occupational achievement or social interaction and not being due solely to speech-motor or sensory deficit. Also called stammering. stutter vb.

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