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.
According to Luis Ernesto Baracaldo, member of the organizing committee of the fair, in Denmark, for example, 80% of local governments have officially introduced it and it is used in rehabilitation institutes of people with developmental disabilities, mental deficiency or brain disorders.
The National Organization for Rare Disorders characterizes WBS as a "rare genetic disorder characterized by growth delays before and after birth (prenatal and postnatal growth retardation), short stature, a varying degree of mental deficiency, and distinctive facial features that typically become more pronounced with age.
The agency said evidence shows that children who grow up in institutional care are more likely to suffer from poor health, physical underdevelopment and mental deficiency, in addition to experiencing developmental delays and emotional disorders.
The most commonly accepted definition is the one proposed by the American Association on Mental Deficiency (AAMD), an organization that has been defining mental retardation for the past 119 years and which, following successive revisions, establishes the following definition (Grossman, 1983).
The Syndrome is characterized by more frequent abnormalities includes mental deficiency may be present (but normal intelligence has been observed) Craniofacial abnormalities (like Craniosynostosis, Flat facies, shallow orbits, hypertelorism, strabismus, maxillary hpoplasia, Small nose, Narrow palate with or without cleft palate, Pseudomandibular progranathism and crowding of teeth).
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.
Wedgwood's opposition to the 1912 Mental Deficiency Bill, which proposed to "restrict the liberty of a large number of people on the basis of a contentious scientific theory" by trusting "experts" to decide who should be detained, was an early example of his beliefs in action; he later campaigned for a land tax, full adult suffrage, and an elected House of Lords (38).
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.