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disability

Pronunciation: dis'a-bil'i-te

Definition:

  1. According to the International Classification of Impairments, Disabilities and Handicaps (World Health Organization), any restriction or lack of ability to perform an activity in a manner or within the range considered normal for a human being. The term disability reflects the consequences of impairment in terms of functional performance and activity by the person; disabilities thus represent disturbances at the individual level.
  2. An impairment or defect of one or more organs or members.
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