developmental disability


noun

a disability, as mental retardation or cerebral palsy, that begins at an early age and continues indefinitely, leading to substantial handicap.

Nearby words

  1. developmental,
  2. developmental age,
  3. developmental anatomy,
  4. developmental anomaly,
  5. developmental biology,
  6. developmental disorder,
  7. developmental groove,
  8. developmental psychology,
  9. developmentalist,
  10. developpé

Related formsdevelopmentally disabled, adjective

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Medicine definitions for develop-mentally disabled

developmental disability

n.

A cognitive, emotional, or physical impairment, especially one related to abnormal sensory or motor development, that appears in infancy or childhood and involves a failure or delay in progressing through the normal developmental stages of childhood.

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Science definitions for develop-mentally disabled

developmental disability

[ dĭ-vĕl′əp-mĕntl ]

A mental or physical disability, such as cerebral palsy or mental retardation, that is present during childhood, interferes with normal physical, intellectual, or emotional development, and usually lasts throughout life.
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