autism spectrum disorder

noun
variants: or less commonly autistic spectrum disorder
Updated on: 14 May 2018

Definition of autism spectrum disorder

: 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 called also pervasive developmental disorder

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1981

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autism spectrum disorder

noun
variants: also autistic spectrum disorder

medical Definition of autism spectrum disorder

: 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 BeckThe Wall Street Journal2 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.Science5 Oct. 2007
  • Nearly 2 million Americans have Asperger's or other autistic spectrum disorders that mute their social radar.
  • —Michelle GreenPeople24 Sept. 2007
abbreviation ASD called also pervasive developmental disorder

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