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dementia

[dih-men-shuh, -shee-uh] /dɪˈmɛn ʃə, -ʃi ə/
noun, Psychiatry.
1.
severe impairment or loss of intellectual capacity and personality integration, due to the loss of or damage to neurons in the brain.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10; < Latin dēmentia madness, equivalent to dēment- out of one's mind (see dement) + -ia noun suffix
Related forms
demential, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for demential

dementia

/dɪˈmɛnʃə; -ʃɪə/
noun
1.
a state of serious emotional and mental deterioration, of organic or functional origin
Word Origin
C19: from Latin: madness; see dement
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Word Origin and History for demential

dementia

n.

1806, from Latin dementia "madness, distraction, folly," noun of state from dementem, from dementer (see dement). It existed earlier in an anglicized form, demency (1520s), from French démence. Dementia praecox is a Modern Latin form recorded from 1899 in English, 1891 in German, from French démence précoce (1857). See precocious.

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demential in Medicine

dementia de·men·tia (dĭ-měn'shə)
n.
Deterioration of intellectual faculties, such as memory, concentration, and judgment, resulting from an organic disease or a disorder of the brain, and often accompanied by emotional disturbance and personality changes.

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demential in Science
dementia
  (dĭ-měn'shə)   
Deterioration of intellectual faculties, such as memory, concentration, and judgment, sometimes accompanied by emotional disturbance and personality changes. Dementia is caused by organic damage to the brain (as in Alzheimer's disease), head trauma, metabolic disorders, or the presence of a tumor.
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