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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: hand'e-kap


  1. A physical, mental, or emotional condition that interferes with a person's normal functioning.
  2. Reduction in a person's capacity to fulfill a social role as a consequence of an impairment, inadequate training for the role, or other circumstances.

[fr. hand in cap, (game)]

See Also: disability

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