dementia

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noun de·men·tia \di-ˈmen(t)-shə, -shē-ə\

Definition of dementia

  1. 1 :  a usually progressive condition (such as Alzheimer's disease) marked by the development of multiple cognitive deficits (such as memory impairment, aphasia, and the inability to plan and initiate complex behavior) < … dementia is diagnosed only when both memory and another cognitive function are each affected severely enough to interfere with a person's ability to carry out routine daily activities. — The Journal of the American Medical Association>

  2. 2 :  madness, insanity <a fanaticism bordering on dementia>

demential

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Examples of dementia in a sentence

  1. This patient suffers from dementia.

  2. a new study on age-related dementias

Origin and Etymology of dementia

Latin, from dement-, demens mad, from de- + ment-, mens mind — more at mind


First Known Use: 1806


Medical Dictionary

dementia

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noun de·men·tia \di-ˈmen-chə\

Medical Definition of dementia

  1. :  a usually progressive condition (as Alzheimer's disease) marked by the development of multiple cognitive deficits (as memory impairment, aphasia, and inability to plan and initiate complex behavior)

demential

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