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[mong-guh-liz-uh m, mon-]
noun (sometimes initial capital letter) Pathology.
  1. (no longer in technical use; now considered offensive) Down syndrome.
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Origin of mongolism

First recorded in 1895–1900; Mongol + -ism
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Examples from the Web for mongolism

Historical Examples of mongolism

  • No, in this creation of a "better" it is tainted with Mongolism.

    The Ego and His Own

    Max Stirner

  • They have not built on sand, but in the air; they have wrestled with Mongolism, stormed the Mongolian heaven, Tien.

British Dictionary definitions for mongolism


  1. pathol a formerly used and now highly offensive name for Down's syndrome
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mongolism in Medicine


  1. Down syndrome. No longer in technical use.
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