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impairment (s), impairments (pl)
1. Damage which results in a reduction of strength or quality.
2. A symptom of reduced quality or strength.
3. The act of making something futile and useless (as by routine).
4. The occurrence of a change for the worse.
5. The condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness; for example, a hearing impairment.
6. A physical or mental defect at the level of a body system or organ.

The official WHO (World Health Organization) definition is: any loss or abnormality of psychological, physiological, or anatomical structure or function.

7. Etymology: from Middle English enpeire, from Old French empeirier, based on Late Latin pejorare, "to be worse, to worsen" (from Latin pejor, "worse").

The current spelling is the result of an association with words derived from Latin beginning with im-, "thoroughly".

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