The adjective mental describes anything having to do with the mind, just as "physical" has to do with the body. Mental has to do with the intellect, the mind, or the brain.

There's a history of mental illness in that family, which is interesting because physically they're all so amazing. Makes you wonder why they did so well in one department but not the other. Some argue that standardized tests are no measure of your mental abilities. All they do is tell you how well you did on the test. That would be like testing your emotional depth based on how tightly you hug people. A person's mental gifts are difficult to measure.

Definitions of mental
  1. adjective
    involving the mind or an intellectual process
    mental images of happy times”
    mental calculations”
    “in a terrible mental state”
    mental suffering”
    “free from mental defects”
    intellectual, noetic, rational
    of or associated with or requiring the use of the mind
    psychological rather than physical or tangible in effect
    psychic, psychical
    affecting or influenced by the human mind
    mental or emotional rather than physiological in origin
    mental or emotional as opposed to physical in nature
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    involving the body as distinguished from the mind or spirit
    animal, carnal, fleshly, sensual
    marked by the appetites and passions of the body
    bodily, corporal, corporeal, somatic
    affecting or characteristic of the body as opposed to the mind or spirit
    concerned with or affecting physical as distinct from intellectual or psychological well-being
    intimately concerning a person's body or physical being
    physiologic, physiological
    of or consistent with an organism's normal functioning
    somatogenetic, somatogenic
    of or arising from physiological causes rather than being psychogenic in origin
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  2. adjective
    of or relating to the mind
    mental powers”
    mental development”
    mental hygiene”
  3. adjective
    affected by a disorder of the mind
    “a mental patient”
    mental illness”
    not in or exhibiting good health in body or mind
  4. adjective
    of or relating to the chin or median part of the lower jaw
    synonyms: genial
  5. adjective
    of or relating to the chin- or liplike structure in insects and certain mollusks
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