impairment

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(im-par′mĕnt )

[Fr. empeirer fr L. (im)pejorare, to make worse]
Any loss or abnormality of psychological, physiological, or anatomical structure or function. Impairments represent a deviation from generally accepted benchmarks in biomedical or psychosocial functioning.

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