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autism

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noun au·tism \ˈȯ-ˌti-zəm\

Simple Definition of autism

  • medical : a condition or disorder that begins in childhood and that causes problems in forming relationships and in communicating with other people

Full Definition of autism

  1. :  a variable developmental disorder that appears by age three and is characterized by impairment of the ability to form normal social relationships, by impairment of the ability to communicate with others, and by stereotyped behavior patterns

au·tis·ticplay \ȯ-ˈtis-tik\ adjective or noun
au·tis·ti·cal·lyplay \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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autism

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noun au·tism \ˈȯ-ˌtiz-əm\

Medical Definition of autism

  1. :  a developmental disorder that appears by age three and that is variable in expression but is recognized and diagnosed by impairment of the ability to form normal social relationships, by impairment of the ability to communicate with others, and by stereotyped behavior patterns especially as exhibited by a preoccupation with repetitive activities of restricted focus rather than with flexible and imaginative ones




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