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senile dementia

noun, Pathology.
a syndrome of progressive, irreversible impairment of cognitive function, caused by organic factors and having its onset late in life.
Origin of senile dementia
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In general paralysis of the insane and in senile dementia the blood vessels are always diseased.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: Louis Marshall Warfield
  • McRimmon laughed an' chuckled—the pairfect eemage o' senile dementia.

    The Day's Work, Volume 1 Rudyard Kipling
  • If she had any sense of decency, she would not accept what was clearly the raving of senile dementia.

    Mrs. Tree's Will Laura E. Richards
  • At last his powerful mind gave way, so that he died a victim to senile dementia.

  • Added to senile dementia there is often found a condition of mania or melancholia or even of systematized delusional insanity.

  • Age softens some hard characters, but in John Wynne the early development of senile dementia deprived him of this chance.

    Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker S. Weir Mitchell
  • Sexual anæsthesia or hypoæsthesia or even impotence may occur in the later stages of general paralysis and senile dementia.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • We have seen that senile paradoxy often shows itself, as a symptom of senile dementia, by a sexual appetite for children.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
British Dictionary definitions for senile dementia

senile dementia

dementia starting in old age with no precipitating physical cause
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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senile dementia in Medicine

senile dementia n.
A progressive, abnormally accelerated deterioration of mental faculties and emotional stability in old age, occurring especially in Alzheimer's disease.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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