mentation

noun

men·​ta·​tion men-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce mentation (audio)
: mental activity

Examples of mentation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And so this is often referred to as sleep mentation. Steven Strogatz, Quanta Magazine, 24 Aug. 2022 The various games advertised to improve memory and in certain cases stave off dementia—Lumosity and its like—have little or no power to improve memory, attention, or good mentation. John Crowley, Harper’s Magazine , 4 Jan. 2022 Most broadly, Neubauer said, dreams are a type of mentation, or mental activity, that occurs when people are asleep and generally consists of vivid, hallucinatory visual content that is often bizarre or has irregular narratives. Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2021 Scientists don’t actually know why humans experience sleep mentation, a fancy name for dreaming. Washington Post, 22 Aug. 2021 For millions of years before the emergence of humans, elephants — like their equally weighty, waterborne counterparts, whales — roamed and conversed along vast corridors of migration and mentation. New York Times, 9 July 2019 The rider cracked his helmet and had an altered mentation. Nico Savidge, The Mercury News, 29 June 2019

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Word History

Etymology

Latin ment-, mens + English -ation

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mentation was in 1850

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Cite this Entry

“Mentation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mentation. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

mentation

noun
men·​ta·​tion men-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce mentation (audio)
: mental activity
unconscious mentation
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