mongoloid : Common Errors in English

About mongoloid

“Mongoloid” is an outdated anthropological term referring to certain peoples from central and eastern Asia. Its use to label people with Down Syndrome is also dated and highly offensive. Avoid the term entirely. If you have cause to refer to people from Mongolia the proper term is “Mongolian.”

mongoloid Meaning(s)

  • (n) a member of the Mongoloid race
  • (n) a person suffering from Down syndrome (no longer used technically in this sense)
  • (a) characteristic of or resembling a Mongol
  • (a) of or pertaining to or characteristic of one of the traditional racial division of humankind including especially peoples of central and eastern Asia
  • (a) of or relating to or suffering from Down syndrome
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