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Related to mental status: Mini Mental Status Exam
the degree of competence shown by a person in intellectual, emotional, psychological, and personality functioning as measured by psychological testing with reference to a statistical norm. See also mental status examination.
mental statusSee Mini-mental test.
men·tal sta·tus(MS) (men'tăl stat'ŭs)
A comprehensive description or statement of a patient's intellectual capacity, emotional state, and general mental health based on examiner's observations and directed interview; includes assessment of mood, behavior, orientation, judgment, memory, problem-solving ability, and contact with reality.
1. pertaining to the mind.
2. pertaining to the chin.
see Table 14.
an accumulation of apocrine tubular glands in the intermandibular space of swine.
includes states of excitement, e.g. frenzy, mania and panic, and depression states, including somnolence, lassitude, narcolepsy, catalepsy, syncope and coma. Delirium is not diagnosable in animals but aimless wandering and headpressing are reminiscent of that mental state in humans.
assessment of level of patient awareness or consciousness.