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having attained full growth or maturity, or an organism that has done so.
adult respiratory distress syndrome� acute respiratory distress syndrome.
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1. Fully grown and physically mature.
2. A fully grown and mature individual.
[L. adultus, grown up fr. adolesco, to grow up]
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(ə-dŭlt′, ăd′ŭlt)
1. One who has attained maturity or legal age.
2. Biology A fully grown, mature organism.
1. Fully developed and mature.
2. Relating to, intended for, or befitting adults: adult education.

a·dult′hood′ n.
a·dult′ness n.
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adjective Referring to sexually explicit, as in adult entertainment.

Vox populi
adjective Pertaining to an adult.
A person over the age of majority in a particular jurisdiction.

noun An organism which has attained full growth or maturity.


adjective Pertaining to an adult.
noun An organism or person which has attained full growth or maturity.
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intelligence quotient

 A ratio that compares a person's cognitive skills with that of the general population, usually calculated as the mental age divided by the chronologic age, multipled by 100
Intelligence Quotient Tests
Preschool Bayley Scale of Infant development, Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale, McCarthy Scales of Children's Abilities, Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children
School age Wechsler scales, Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale, Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children
Adult Wechsler scales, Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale
Adult  20-35  Severe mental retardation
  36-51 Moderate mental retardation
  52-67 Mild mental retardation
  68-83 Borderline mental retardation
  90-110 Average
  >140 Gifted–'genius' 
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


Fully grown and physically mature.
[L. adultus, grown up fr. adolesco, to grow up]
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1. Fully grown and physically mature.
2. A fully grown and mature individual.
[L. adultus, grown up fr. adolesco, to grow up]
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Patient discussion about adult

Q. Are there any nice activities for adults with autism? I've been helping a very nice man of 45 of years old and I'm looking for some new things I can do with him in our time together. any ideas?

A. Autistic people react wonderfully with animals. for instance- i saw a group of severe Autistic teenagers going to swim with dolphins. the effect was amazing! taking him to the zoo, or even to the park to feed ducks, pet dogs, whatever.. could have a great effect on him.
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Q. If you are an adult with autism what is your biggest struggle? There are lots of symptoms for autism. Some suffer with depression, stress, break downs etc., as a parent what do you think is the hardest part of dealing with autism? If you are an adult with autism what is your biggest struggle?

A. It’s very difficult to answer from my part. I feel sad to see him struggle for basic things that are easy for kids of his age. But it touches my heart how hard he tries! I think he struggles most with being able to always get the words out. I can see his little mind working to find the words.

Q. What does thumb or finger sucking mean in ADULTS? People watch the unusual behavior of a person and decide their disorder. I strongly agree, but here is a critical question for you all. What does thumb or finger sucking mean in ADULTS?

A. It’s not a show to enjoy and laugh! It means that whomever you are talking about needs to see a psychologist. I am not joking. Things we are supposed to out-grow but don't, i.e. thumb sucking, imaginary friends or bed wetting, can represent serious problems or mental blocks.

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A heated game of Charades is still a favorite pastime for an adult party.
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In the rest of Luzon, adult joblessness increased by two points, from 19 percent (3.4 million adults) in December to 21 percent in March.
The drop in adult joblessness in the second quarter of the year is proof of the country's robust economy, Malacanang said on Thursday.
The poll was conducted from March 23-27, 2018 using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults.
Globally, 28pc of adults receive private sector wages 46pc of adults in high-income economies and 24pc in developing ones.
* adults are motivated by intrinsic motivation rather than extrinsic motivation.
Our results are not necessarily at odds with popular accounts of how young adults fared in the Great Recession.
Keywords: Adult Education, Motivation, Academic Success
"We found a strong anterior insula response both to the task of rating trustworthiness and also to the untrustworthy faces among the younger adults--but the response is much more muted among the older adults. The older adults do not have as strong an anterior insula early-warning signal; their brains are not saying 'be wary,' as the brains of the younger adults are.
A special issue on young adult Catholics"), though timely and appreciated, seemed to be indicative of why young cradle Catholics don't go to church.