mental deficiency

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Related to mental deficiency: mental retardation, Mentally handicapped
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In the second letter Burke provided Hawks with statistics from specific clinical studies examining heredity and mental deficiency that suggested that mental deficiency was not primarily hereditary.
Although the Bill itself did not focus on hereditary causes of mental deficiency, it did focus on incurable conditions and the debate in parliament was directed towards these issues.
Paper presented at the 110th Annual Conference of the American Association on Mental deficiency, Denver, CO.
The scheme, an experimental attempt to cope with the 'serious shortage of nursing staff in all mental hospitals and mental deficiency institutions' was announced by the South Warwickshire Hospital Management Committee meeting at Leamington.
It could have been a bungled burglary or by somebody who has a mental deficiency.
They claimed her death was the result of myotonic dystrophy, a congenital disorder characterized by wasting away of muscles and mental deficiency.
Sentencing Archer, Judge Richard Cole said: "When you started to commit these offences of dishonesty in 1992 you were not aware that you had got some sort of mental deficiency but you clearly knew at that stage that what you were doing was wrong.
There was no evidence produced that demonstrated that he suffered from any thought disorder or mental deficiency.
Despite evidence of a horrendous upbringing and clear mental deficiency, Loran was found to be sane for legal purposes.
The court said it wanted more time to decide whether to hear arguments that Penry's mental deficiency was not properly explained at the trial.
Michael and Kathleen Gentry insist they never withheld food from their daughter, who was born with myotonic dystrophy, a congenital disorder characterized by wasting away of muscles and mental deficiency.
The 1973 manual of the American Association on Mental Deficiency (AAMD), for example, referred to mental retardation as "significantly subaverage general intellectual functioning existing concurrently with deficits in adaptive behavior, and manifested during the developmental period" (Grossman, 1973, p.