impairment

[im-pair-muh nt]

noun

the state of being diminished, weakened, or damaged, especially mentally or physically: cognitive impairment in older adults.

Nearby words

  1. impaction,
  2. impactite,
  3. impactive,
  4. impair,
  5. impaired,
  6. impala,
  7. impale,
  8. impalement,
  9. impalpable,
  10. impanate

Origin of impairment


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Word Origin and History for impairment

impairment

n.

mid-14c., emparement, from Old French empeirement, from empeirier (see impair). Re-Latinized spelling is from 1610s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for impairment

impairment

[ĭm-pârmənt]

n.

Weakening, damage, or deterioration, especially as a result of injury or disease.
Related formsim•pair v.


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