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Intellect Dev Disabil. 2013 Apr;51(2):113-6. doi: 10.1352/1934-9556-51.2.113.

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  • 1The Ohio State University Nisonger Center-UCEDD, 1581 Dodd Drive, Columbus, OH 43210, USA.


The World Health Organization (WHO) is in the process of developing the 11th edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). Part of this process includes replacing mental retardation with a more acceptable term to identify the condition. The current international consensus appears to be replacing "mental retardation" with "intellectual disability". This article briefly presents some of the issues involved in changing terminology and the constraints and conventions that are specific to the ICD.

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