amentia

[ ey-men-shuh, uh-men- ]
/ eɪˈmɛn ʃə, əˈmɛn- /

noun Psychiatry.

lack of intellectual development; imbecility; severe mental retardation.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. amenorrhoea,
  2. amensalism,
  3. ament,
  4. amentaceous,
  5. amental,
  6. amentiferous,
  7. amer.,
  8. amerasian,
  9. amerce,
  10. america

Origin of amentia

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin, equivalent to āment- (see ament2) + -ia -ia

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British Dictionary definitions for amentia

amentia

/ (əˈmɛnʃə) /

noun

severe mental deficiency, usually congenitalCompare dementia

Word Origin for amentia

C14: from Latin: insanity, from āmēns mad, from mēns mind

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Word Origin and History for amentia

amentia

n.

"mental deficiency," late 14c., from Latin amentia "madness," from amentem "mad," from a- "away from" + mentem "mind" (see mind (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for amentia

amentia

[ ā-mĕnshə, ə-mĕn- ]

n.

Insufficient mental development or functioning.

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