Meaning of dementia in English:


Pronunciation /dɪˈmɛnʃə/

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mass noun
  • A condition characterized by progressive or persistent loss of intellectual functioning, especially with impairment of memory and abstract thinking, and often with personality change, resulting from organic disease of the brain.

    ‘People with dementia have a degenerative disease of the brain for which there is no cure.’
    • ‘They support people with conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer's disease.’
    • ‘Early-stage dementia or Alzheimer's disease may be associated with gluten antibodies.’
    • ‘People with dementia sometimes find it easier to look into memories than fact.’
    • ‘The higher homocysteine, the higher your chances of a person contracting dementia.’
    mental illness, madness, insanity, derangement, lunacy
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Late 16th century from Latin, from demens, dement- ‘out of one's mind’.