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autism spectrum disorder

noun

Definition of autism spectrum disorder

  1. :  any of a group of developmental disorders (as autism and Asperger's syndrome) marked by impairments in the ability to communicate and interact socially and by the presence of repetitive behaviors or restricted interests —called also autistic spectrum disorder, pervasive developmental disorder



1992

First Known Use of autism spectrum disorder

1992


Medical Dictionary

autism spectrum disorder

noun

Medical Definition of autism spectrum disorder

  1. :  any of a group of developmental disorders (such as autism and Asperger's syndrome) marked by impairments in the ability to communicate and interact socially and by the presence of repetitive behaviors or restricted interests <One in 110 American 8-year-olds had an autism spectrum disorder in 2006, an increase of 57% since 2002 …—Melinda Beck, The Wall Street Journal, 2 Feb. 2010> <Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are characterized by impairments in social behaviors that are sometimes coupled to specialized cognitive abilities.—Katsuhiko Tabuchi et al., Science, 5 Oct. 2007> <Nearly 2 million Americans have Asperger's or other autistic spectrum disorders that mute their social radar.—Michelle Green, People, 24 Sept. 2007>—abbreviation ASD; called also pervasive developmental disorder



Variants of autism spectrum disorder

also autistic spectrum disorder

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