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Why is mental retardation also called intellectual disability?

Many doctors and other health professionals have begun to replace the term "mental retardation" with intellectual disability. The term "mental retardation" can have a negative connotation. A transition term, "mental retardation/intellectual disability" also known as MR/ID, has been put in place to show the transition between the two terms.

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