Dictionary.com

amentia

[ ey-men-shuh, uh-men- ]
/ eɪˈmɛn ʃə, əˈmɛn- /
Save This Word!

noun Psychiatry.

lack of intellectual development; imbecility; severe mental retardation.

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON “ITS” VS. “IT’S”!

Apostrophes can be tricky; prove you know the difference between it’s and its in this crafty quiz!
Question 1 of 12
On the farm, the feed for chicks is significantly different from the roosters’; ______ not even comparable.

Origin of amentia

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin, equivalent to āment- (see ament2) + -ia-ia
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

British Dictionary definitions for amentia

amentia
/ (əˈmɛnʃə) /

noun

severe mental deficiency, usually congenitalCompare dementia
C14: from Latin: insanity, from āmēns mad, from mēns mind
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for amentia

amentia
[ ā-mĕnshə, ə-mĕn- ]

n.

Insufficient mental development or functioning.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Get Online Help For Kids!