Alzheimers and Dementia

Alzheimers

Alzheimer's disease (AD), also known in medical literature as Alzheimer disease, is the most common form of dementia.

Alzheimer's n : a progressive form of presenile dementia that is similar to senile dementia except that it usually starts in the 40s or 50s; first symptoms are impaired memory which is followed by impaired thought and speech and finally complete helplessness [syn: {Alzheimer's disease}, {Alzheimers}]

Alzheimers n : a progressive form of presenile dementia that is similar to senile dementia except that it usually starts in the 40s or 50s; first symptoms are impaired memory which is followed by impaired thought and speech and finally complete helplessness [syn: {Alzheimer's disease}, {Alzheimer's}]

Dementia

Dementia (taken from Latin, originally meaning "madness", from de- "without" + ment, the root of mens "mind") is a serious loss of global cognitive ability in a previously unimpaired person, beyond what might be expected from normal aging.

dementia n : mental deterioration of organic or functional origin [syn: {dementedness}]

50 Moby Thesaurus words for "dementia": aberration, abnormality, alienation, brain damage, brainsickness, clouded mind, craziness, daftness, dementedness, derangement, disorientation, distraction, folie, furor, insaneness, insanity, irrationality, loss of mind, loss of reason, lunacy, madness, mania, mental deficiency, mental derangement, mental disease, mental disorder, mental disturbance, mental illness, mental instability, mental sickness, mind overthrown, mindsickness, oddness, pixilation, possession, queerness, rabidness, reasonlessness, senselessness, shattered mind, sick mind, sickness, strangeness, unbalance, unbalanced mind, unsaneness, unsound mind, unsoundness, unsoundness of mind, witlessness

Dementia \De*men"ti*a\, n. [L., fr. demens. See {Dement}.] Insanity; madness; esp. that form which consists in weakness or total loss of thought and reason; mental imbecility; idiocy. [1913 Webster]

Data Sources:

  • alzheimers: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • alzheimers: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • dementia: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • dementia: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • dementia: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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