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Meaning of DEMENTIA

Pronunciation:  di'menshu

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  mental deterioration of organic or functional origin

DEMENTIA is a 8 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: dementedness
 See Also: alcohol amnestic disorder, alcoholic dementia, insanity, Korsakoff's psychosis, Korsakoff's syndrome, Korsakov's psychosis, Korsakov's syndrome, polyneuritic psychosis, presenile dementia, senile dementia, senile psychosis



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\De*men"ti*a\, n. [L., fr. demens. See {Dement}.]
Insanity; madness; esp. that form which consists in weakness
or total loss of thought and reason; mental imbecility;

Biology Dictionary
  1. Loss of intellectual functions, (such as thinking, remembering, and reasoning) of sufficient severity to interfere within an individual's daily functioning.
  2. Dementia is clinical syndrome characterized by the organic loss of intellectual functioning, such as impairment of orientation, memory, comprehension, calculation, learning capacity and judgment. The DSM of the American Psychiatric Association has a summary of diagnostic criteria for dementia. The prevalence of dementia increases with age, starting with 1 percent at age 60, and double the rate every 5 years. Alzheimer's disease is associated with dementia.
Thesaurus Terms
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