a type of severe intellectual disability characterized by subnormal development of intellectual capacity
Origin of amentiaL, madness from amens, senseless from a- (ab), away, from + mens, mind
Severe intellectual disability. This term belongs to a classification system no longer in use.
Origin of amentiaLatin āmentia mental derangement from āmēns āment- out of one's mind, mentally deranged ā-, ab- out of ; see ab- 1. mēns mind ; see men-1 in Indo-European roots.
- Mental impairment; state of being mentally handicapped.