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
- Mental retardation.
- Lack of development of intellectual capacity as a result of inadequate brain tissue.
Origin of amentiaLatin amentia, mental derangement, from am&emacron;ns, ament-, out of one's mind, mentally deranged : a-, ab-, out of; see ab–1 + m&emacron;ns, mind; see men-1 in Indo-European roots.
- Mental impairment; state of being mentally handicapped.