(ā″men′ch(ē-)ă) [L. amentia, madness, insanity] 1. Congenital mental deficiency; mental retardation. 2. Mental disorder characterized by confusion, disorientation, and occasionally stupor. SEE: dementia.
nevoid a. Sturge-Weber syndrome.
phenylpyruvic a. Mental retardation due to phenylketonuria.
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
A national professional advocacy group that represents the interests of nurse practitioners in the U.S. website: www.aanp.org
American Academy of Nursing
An organization formed by the American Nurses' Association. Membership in this honorary association indicates that the person selected has contributed significantly to nursing. A member is titled Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, abbreviated FAAN.
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
A professional society for specialists in sleep medicine.
American Association of Blood Banks
ABBR: AABB. The professional organization, more commonly referred to as the AABB, whose mission is to promulgate standard practices in immunohematology.
American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
A professional association made up of a network of nurses, exercise physiologists, nutritionists, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, and physicians who aim to improve the health and survival of patients with cardiovascular and lung diseases.
American Association of Diabetes Educators
ABBR: AADE. A multidisciplinary association dedicated to empowering health care professionals with the knowledge and skills to provide diabetes education, management, and support.
American Association for Clinical Chemistry
ABBR: AACC. A U.S.-based international association of clinical laboratory scientists including clinical chemists, microbiologists, pathologists, hematologists, and medical technologists.
American Association for Respiratory Care
ABBR: AARC. The professional association for respiratory care practitioners in the U.S.
American Association of Retired Persons
ABBR: AARP. The largest voluntary association of older adults (retired or not) in the U.S., with a membership of more than 30 million. The association lobbies on behalf of its members, sponsors research on aging, operates a mail-order pharmaceutical service and insurance plan, and publishes magazines and other literature for older adults.
American Board of Internal Medicine
ABBR: ABIM. The professional oversight group in the U.S. that sets the standards for the training and professional certification of internists and subspecialists in internal medicine.
American Botanical Council
ABBR: ABC. A nonprofit organization that disseminates information about herbal medicines to the media, the public, and the scientific and professional communities. ABC publishes HerbalGram, a quarterly journal, and other reference material.
American College of Rheumatology
ABBR: ACR. An organization of health care professionals and scientists whose primary goals are to study and treat arthritis and other diseases of bones and joints. The ...