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impairment

[im-pair-muh nt] /ɪmˈpɛər mənt/
noun
1.
the state of being diminished, weakened, or damaged, especially mentally or physically:
cognitive impairment in older adults.
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n.

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

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impairment in Medicine

impairment im·pair·ment (ĭm-pâr'mənt)
n.
Weakening, damage, or deterioration, especially as a result of injury or disease.


im·pair' v.
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