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Denver (medical term)

Denver (pronounced /ˈdɛnvər/) is a term used in the medical field, particularly in relation to the Denver Developmental Screening Test (DDST). The DDST is a widely used method for screening developmental delays in children. The term is derived from the city of Denver, Colorado, where the test was developed.


The term "Denver" in this context is named after the city of Denver, Colorado, where the test was first developed and implemented by Dr. William K. Frankenburg in the 1960s. The term has since been used to refer to the test and its subsequent versions.

Related Terms

  • Denver Developmental Screening Test (DDST): A test used to screen for developmental delays in children. It assesses four domains: personal-social, fine motor-adaptive, language, and gross motor skills.
  • Developmental delay: A term used when a child does not reach developmental milestones at the expected times. It can be an early sign of a developmental disorder.
  • Developmental disorder: A group of conditions due to an impairment in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas. These conditions begin during the developmental period, may impact day-to-day functioning, and usually last throughout a person’s lifetime.
  • Pediatrics: The branch of medicine dealing with the health and medical care of infants, children, and adolescents from birth up to the age of 18.

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