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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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How does mental retardation affect the body?
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Infants with mental retardation/ intellectual disabilities (MR/ ID) may have physical abnormalities ...
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What do I need to know about caring for someone with mental retardation?
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Can mental retardation be treated with medication?
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