mental deficiency


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mental deficiency

n
(Psychiatry) psychiatry a less common term for mental retardation

men`tal defi′ciency


n.
(no longer in technical use) mental retardation.
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Noun1.mental deficiency - mild mental retardation
backwardness, mental retardation, subnormality, slowness, retardation - lack of normal development of intellectual capacities
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I put it down to mental deficiency on my part, but since then I have decided that it was for want of preparation.
Contract notice: Transport service for children and adults to mental deficiency of nursing homes managed by the ccas yvetot.
It is second to Down syndrome as a genetic cause of mental deficiency.
In 1913, the Mental Deficiency Act called on local authorities to certify all "mental defectives" and establish long-stay institutions for people with both mental health and learning disabilities.
In 1929, the Mental Deficiency report issued by the Board of Education and the Board of Control raised concern in Britain, arguing that "feeble-mindedness" had doubled in the last several decades.
MENTAL DEFICIENCY The Stiff Kitten, Belfast - Wednesday 18th Mental Deficiency dress ridiculously, in order to mash big rock hooks and ludicrous lyricism with a brilliantly unpredictable stage show.
Prof Lazarus also said that during the 1960s it became apparent that iodine deficiency worldwide was one of the major causes of mental deficiency and, importantly, was potentially correctable.
They also want to look at less-severe forms of mental deficiency, including autism, for potentially milder mutations of PHF21A.
1 million children are born each year with mental deficiency in the country due to inadequacy of iodine in pregnant women.
Aldrich, who, in the American Journal on Mental Deficiency in 1947, described the success of his "preventive" approach to Down syndrome, in which he advised fathers of newborns to sign the papers for immediate institutionalization before the mother could be alerted to the condition of her infant.
Routinely, Ellis Island physicians mistook problems of language and culture with mental deficiency, which often resulted in deportation.