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age

 [āj]
1. the duration, or the measure of time of the existence of a person or object.
2. to undergo change as a result of passage of time.
achievement age a measure of achievement expressed in terms of the chronologic age of a normal child showing the same degree of attainment.
chronologic age the actual measure of time elapsed since a person's birth.
developmental age
1. age estimated from the degree of anatomical development.
2. in psychology, the age of an individual determined by degree of emotional, mental, anatomical, and physiological maturation.
gestational age see gestational age.
mental age the age level of mental ability of a person as gauged by standard intelligence tests.
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men·tal age (MA),

a measure, expressed in years and months, of a child's intelligence relative to age norms as determined by testing with the Stanford-Binet intelligence scale.
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mental age

n. Abbr. MA
A measure of intellectual development as determined by an intelligence test, expressed as the age at which that test score is typically attained. It was formerly used in calculating intelligence quotients but is now generally used only for children and people with intellectual disability.
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men·tal age

(MA) (men'tăl āj)
A measure, expressed in years and months, of a child's intelligence relative to age norms as determined by testing with the Stanford-Binet intelligence scale.
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(295.) James Fife, Mental Capacity, Minority, and Mental Age in Capital Sentencing: A Unified Theory of Culpability, 28 HAMLINE L.
1254, 1255 (1994) (Blackmun, dissenting from denial of certiorari) (citing Justice Stevens's opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part in Penry, and noting that McCollum's "mental age of a 9-year-old" was one among several factors contributing to his belief that McCollum's execution was unconstitutional); see also Atldns v.
2006) (holding that Roper did not prohibit the execution of offenders with the mental age of a juvenile and citing Mitchell v.
1991) (noting that the mental age concept was first introduced by Alfred Binet and Theodore Simon in 1908 as a score for their intelligence test); see also ROBERT M.
(332.) See, e.g., Barbara Caplan et al., Developmental Level and Psychopathology: Comparing Children with Developmental Delays to Chronological and Mental Age Matched Controls, 37 Res.
(340.) There is also a somewhat crude formula for converting IQ scores to a mental age that uses a denominator of 16.