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impairment

[im-pair-muh nt]
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noun
  1. the state of being diminished, weakened, or damaged, especially mentally or physically: cognitive impairment in older adults.

Origin of impairment

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n.

mid-14c., emparement, from Old French empeirement, from empeirier (see impair). Re-Latinized spelling is from 1610s.

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impairment in Medicine

impairment

(ĭm-pârmənt)
n.
  1. Weakening, damage, or deterioration, especially as a result of injury or disease.
Related formsim•pair v.
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