- severe impairment or loss of intellectual capacity and personality integration, due to the loss of or damage to neurons in the brain.
Origin of dementia
Examples from the Web for dementia
Depending on what parts of the brain are impacted, the person can develop forms of dementia and personality changes.Understanding Tracy Morgan’s Traumatic Brain Injury
November 20, 2014
Later, cognitive and behavioral problems can occur; dementia is not uncommon.The Burden Robin Williams Carried: Diagnosed With Parkinson’s and Depression
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad
August 15, 2014
Perhaps there is no better example of this than the way in which we treat our elders living with dementia.
In my opinion, it is the most inspiring film about dementia out there today.
We have learned that music uses a side door into a part of the mind that is relatively undamaged by dementia.
The sufferer from Dementia forgets his promises, however serious they may be.Criminal Man
In prison his dementia returned and he stayed there two years.In Our Town
William Allen White
Dementia is the final stage in the cases that become chronic.The Ethics of Medical Homicide and Mutilation
Every type of madness may there be studied, from dementia and melancholia to mania.Old and New Paris, v. 2
Henry Sutherland Edwards
For confirmation, see my "Psychology of Dementia Prcox," p. 103.
- a state of serious emotional and mental deterioration, of organic or functional origin
Word Origin and History for dementia
1806, from Latin dementia "madness, distraction, folly," noun of state from dementem, from dementer (see dement). It existed earlier in an anglicized form, demency (1520s), from French démence. Dementia praecox is a Modern Latin form recorded from 1899 in English, 1891 in German, from French démence précoce (1857). See precocious.
- Deterioration of intellectual faculties, such as memory, concentration, and judgment, resulting from an organic disease or a disorder of the brain, and often accompanied by emotional disturbance and personality changes.
- Deterioration of intellectual faculties, such as memory, concentration, and judgment, sometimes accompanied by emotional disturbance and personality changes. Dementia is caused by organic damage to the brain (as in Alzheimer's disease), head trauma, metabolic disorders, or the presence of a tumor.