developmental disability

[ dih-vel-uhp-muhn-tl dis-uh-bil-i-tee ]
/ dɪˌvɛl əpˈmən tl ˌdɪs əˈbɪl ɪ ti /
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a disability, as autism spectrum disorder or cerebral palsy, that impairs physical, intellectual, language, or other development, beginning at an early age and continuing indefinitely, impacting day-to-day functioning.
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Origin of developmental disability

First recorded in 1965–70

OTHER WORDS FROM developmental disability

de·vel·op·men·tal·ly dis·a·bled [dih-vel-uhp-muhn-tl-ee dis-ey-buhld] /dɪˌvɛl əpˈmən tl i dɪsˈeɪ bəld/ adjective
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Medical definitions for developmental disability

developmental disability

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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Scientific definitions for developmental disability

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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