cognitive impairment

[ kog-ni-tiv im-pair-muhnt ]
/ ˈkɒg nɪ tɪv ɪmˈpɛər mənt /


a temporary or permanent loss of mental functions, causing forgetfulness, lack of concentration, learning difficulties, and other reductions in effective thinking.

Nearby words

  1. cognitive,
  2. cognitive behavioural therapy,
  3. cognitive development,
  4. cognitive dissonance,
  5. cognitive ethology,
  6. cognitive laterality quotient,
  7. cognitive map,
  8. cognitive psychology,
  9. cognitive radio,
  10. cognitive science

Origin of cognitive impairment

First recorded in 1960–65 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019