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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' 
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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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Previous data suggested that early adulthood mortality is much worse in females.
Again, many of these studies suggest that the analysis of behavior in early adulthood could be key to disentangling the role of smoking, drinking coffee, and personality traits on the occurrence of PD.
Blood levels peak in early adulthood, around age 20, and then decline greatly during the human lifespan, falling by about 80% in the elderly.
Darger's life story, which follows a classic Depression-era narrative from a lonely, underprivileged childhood spent in orphanages, boys' homes, and a hospital for the "feeble-minded" through a wanderlust-filled early adulthood to his now-familiar late life as a grizzled, unassuming janitor and clandestine artist, is delineated in bits and pieces throughout the film via a handful of photographs, stock footage, and interview snippets with acquaintances.
FREQUENT use of cannabis during adolescence and early adulthood increases the risk of suffering psychotic symptoms in later life, research shows.
Older children are likely to die in early adulthood without a transplant, and babies are unlikely to reach their first birthday.
They were followed up until early adulthood. During this time, parents provided details of weekly television viewing.
Statistics from National Center for Education Statistics, Statistics in Brief: Volunteer Service by Young People From High School Through Early Adulthood (NCES 2004365).
It is estimated that 45 million people in the United States have acne, which is the most common skin disorder of adolescence and early adulthood (ages 15-24 years) with a prevalence of approximately 85%.
From her early adulthood, the New Jersey native confronts personal and professional challenges head on: going off to college in Boston and jetting off to the Caribbean for her first professional job.
In Raising a Daughter, Jeanne and Don Elium address these challenges and guide parents through each stage of a girl's development, from infancy through middle childhood, the teen years, and early adulthood. The Eliums offer a sensitive balance of insight and information for mothers and fathers who want to help their girls navigate within a culture that often seems determined to exploit them.
Satyabrata Nandi at the University of California, Berkeley, examining the reduced risk of breast cancer following full-term pregnancy in early adulthood.

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