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- n. The result of being impaired; a deterioration or weakening; a disability or handicap; an inefficient part or factor.
- n. A downward revaluation, a write-down.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state, act, or process of being impaired; injury.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of impairing, or the state of being impaired; diminution; decrease; injury.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of making something futile and useless (as by routine)
- n. a symptom of reduced quality or strength
- n. the occurrence of a change for the worse
- n. the condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness
- n. damage that results in a reduction of strength or quality
We will ask a local court to appoint a guardian when the impairment is not likely to resolve quickly.
As a trained Sociologist, I would suggest that a primary aspect of familial impairment is that the so called "nuclear family" never was a stable institution.
"We were taught in medical and nursing school that we were helping them and giving them amnesia about their ICU experience but what we are really giving them is delusional memories and hallucinations and long term impairment," he says.
The difference between a person with normal intelligence and a person with I.Q. impairment is that a normal person is capable of learning.
Oncologists don't always disclose to patients that cognitive impairment is a potential side effect of chemotherapy.
He cites as an example a 55-year-old having problems at work, such as behavior changes or missing deadlines, that may be early signs of brain impairment but that go unrecognized until they progress to full-scale memory problems.
Visual impairment is more accurate, unless they prefer blind.
Cognitive impairment is one of the neurological effects in patients with hepatic encephalopathy (abnormal brain function due to severe liver disease).
The researchers hypothesize that the risk of dementia or cognitive impairment is higher when the surgery takes place at a younger age — removal of both ovaries before age 46 or one ovary before age 38 — due to insufficient estrogen.
Of those who survive the initial attack -- roughly 75 percent -- nine in 10 will have long-term impairment of movement, sensation, memory or reasoning, ranging from slight to devastating.