Noun impairment has 5 senses
  1. damage, harm, impairment - the occurrence of a change for the worse
    --1 is a kind of change, alteration, modification
    --1 has particulars:
     detriment, hurt; distortion, deformation; run, ladder, ravel
    Derived form: verb impair1
  2. deterioration, impairment - a symptom of reduced quality or strength
    --2 is a kind of decay
    --2 has particulars:
     corrosion; devastation, desolation; decrepitude, dilapidation; wear
  3. disability, disablement, handicap, impairment - the condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness; "reading disability"; "hearing impairment"
    --3 is a kind of unfitness, poor shape, bad condition
    --3 has particulars:
     bowleg, genu varum, tibia vara; anorgasmia; disability of walking; astasia; amputation; hearing impairment, hearing disorder; dysomia; visual impairment, visual defect, vision defect, visual disorder; prolapse, prolapsus, descensus; hypoesthesia, hypesthesia; knock-knee, genu valgum, tibia valga; pigeon toes; bow leg, bow legs, bandy legs
  4. impairment - damage that results in a reduction of strength or quality
    --4 is a kind of
    damage, harm, hurt, scathe
    Derived form: verb impair2
  5. stultification, constipation, impairment, deadening - the act of making something futile and useless (as by routine)
    --5 is a kind of degradation, debasement