the level of native mental ability or capacity of an individual, usually as determined by an intelligence test, in relation to the chronological age of the average individual at this level:
a ten-year-old child with the mental age of a twelve-year-old; a mental age of twelve.
(psychol) the mental ability of a child, expressed in years and based on a comparison of his test performance with the performance of children with a range of chronological ages See also intelligence quotient
mental age n.
Abbr. MA, M.A.
A measure of mental development as determined by intelligence tests, generally restricted to children and expressed as the age at which that level is typically attained.
- Mental artery
mental artery n. An artery that is the terminal branch of the inferior alveolar artery, with distribution to the chin.
- Mental block
noun 1. See block (sense 21)
- Mental cruelty
noun 1. behaviour that causes distress to another person but that does not involve physical assault noun any conduct that causes another mental suffering
- Mental deficiency
noun 1. (psychiatry) a less common term for mental retardation mental deficiency n. See mental retardation.