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[mass noun] Severe congenital mental disability.
- ‘Moreover the anxiety about gestation increased and she developed amentia at last.’
- ‘She herself has been suffering from uremia inherited from her mother and is also registered as suffering from ‘slight amentia’ (mental deficiency) in her own disability certificate.’
- ‘There are probably other types of amentia in which a rare recessive gene is the chief determinant.’
Late Middle English: from Latin, literally madness, from amens, ament- mad, from a- without + mens the mind.
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