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mental deficiency

[′men·təl di′fish·ən·sē]
(psychology)
A condition characterized by intellectual retardation, social inadequacy, and persistent dependency.
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So are physical characteristics and mental deficiencies.
As medical-technology analyst Gregory Stock points out, the unraveling of the human genetic code brings hope for curing or preventing diseases, improving physical and mental deficiencies, and extending our lifespans.
Sullivan, 27, who had admitted the involuntary manslaughter of the baby, will be able to return to her native Australia for psychiatric and psychological treatment for her physical and mental deficiencies which contributed to her shaking the baby in her care to death.
The procedure was performed if the patients were diagnosed with mental deficiencies.