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dɪˈmɛn ʃə, -ʃi əde·men·ti·a

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dementia, dementednessnoun

    mental deterioration of organic or functional origin


  1. dementianoun

    A progressive decline in cognitive function due to damage or disease in the brain beyond what might be expected from normal aging. Areas particularly affected include memory, attention, judgement, language and problem solving.

  2. dementianoun

    madness or insanity

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dementianoun

    insanity; madness; esp. that form which consists in weakness or total loss of thought and reason; mental imbecility; idiocy

    Etymology: [L., fr. demens. See Dement.]


  1. Dementia

    Dementia is a serious loss of global cognitive ability in a previously unimpaired person, beyond what might be expected from normal ageing. It may be static, the result of a unique global brain injury, or progressive, resulting in long-term decline due to damage or disease in the body. Although dementia is far more common in the geriatric population, it can occur before the age of 65, in which case it is termed "early onset dementia". Dementia is not a single disease, but a non-specific syndrome. Affected cognitive areas can be memory, attention, language, and problem solving. Normally, symptoms must be present for at least six months to support a diagnosis. Cognitive dysfunction of shorter duration is called delirium. Especially in later stages of the condition, subjects may be disoriented in time, in place, and in person. Dementia can be classified as either reversible or irreversible, depending upon the etiology of the disease. Fewer than 10% of cases of dementia are due to causes that may be reversed with treatment.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dementia

    de-men′shi-a, n. general mental enfeeblement, with loss of memory, reason, feeling, and will: often the consequence of acute mania. [L. de, neg., and mens, mentis, mind.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Dementia

    An acquired organic mental disorder with loss of intellectual abilities of sufficient severity to interfere with social or occupational functioning. The dysfunction is multifaceted and involves memory, behavior, personality, judgment, attention, spatial relations, language, abstract thought, and other executive functions. The intellectual decline is usually progressive, and initially spares the level of consciousness.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dementia in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dementia in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of dementia in a Sentence

  1. Son Gavin:

    To me, that was kind of like his third time dying because he passed when he started to get the dementia, when we found out about the ALS and it was even more rapid and degenerative and we knew eventually Son Gavin heart or lungs would go, it was like Son Gavin died again, because now the clock was ticking. Then when Son Gavin eventually passed, it was stunning.

  2. Mark Dallas:

    The startling numbers of people born this year that will be affected by dementia (put) it on a par with other life-changing diseases, however for every one dementia researcher there are five researching cancer. We must invest in innovative research to redress the balance.

  3. Ken Dychtwald:

    There will be breakthroughs in the next 15 or 20 years that will have to do with aging itself - actually stopping the biological clock, and I think that really rich people are going to get access to it, people who are willing to spend almost unlimited sums of money. Imagine a time when ten thousand really rich people get to live forever, or not have to get dementia.

  4. John Campbell:

    The focus in Japan is on care - what do you do for people with dementia living in the community?

  5. Richard Isaacson:

    The study is even more impactful in that patients had a gene that would definitely cause dementia, but they were still able to impact cognitive decline by over 55 %, it was a remarkable effect to see so early on.

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