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idiot

 [id´e-ot]
old term for profound mental retardation, now considered offensive.
idiot savant a person who is generally mentally retarded, yet has a particular mental faculty developed to an unusually high degree, such as for mathematics or music.

idiot

/id·i·ot/ (id´e-it) obsolete, offensive name for a person with profound mental retardation.
idiot savant  a mentally retarded person with a particular mental faculty developed to an unusually high degree, as for mathematics, music, etc.

idiot

(ĭd′ē-ət)
n.
A person with profound intellectual disability having a mental age below three years and generally unable to learn connected speech or guard against common dangers. The term belongs to a classification system no longer in use and is now considered offensive.

Idiot

Neurology
An obsolete term formerly used for an individual with profound mental retardation (IQ < 20).
 
Vox populi
A derogatory term used indiscriminately for an obtuse person, regardless of that person’s tested IQ.

idiot

A person of severe mental deficit, incapable of coherent speech or of normal response to danger.
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