autism spectrum disorder

noun
variants: or less commonly autistic spectrum disorder

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

Examples of autism spectrum disorder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a report published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, the CDC estimates that 2.2% of Americans adults have autism spectrum disorder. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 27 May 2021 For example, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, epilepsy, and autism spectrum disorder. Gabriel A. Silva, Forbes, 27 May 2021 Geise has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, so people followed him from a distance and called police to make sure he was collected safely. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 21 May 2021 The committee rejected petitions for panic disorder with agoraphobia, restless leg syndrome and autism spectrum disorder. Jackie Borchardt, The Enquirer, 14 May 2021 Asperger's syndrome is a developmental disorder that's part of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). Korin Miller, Health.com, 10 May 2021 Isolating active ingredients in a parent‐mediated social communication intervention for toddlers with autism spectrum disorder. Peter Mundy, Scientific American, 15 May 2021 Now, Asperger's falls under autism spectrum disorder. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, 15 May 2021 But the autism spectrum disorder community established April as the month to publicize the reality that these people live: the lack of opportunities, human rights, and even acceptance. Maria Alejandra Mejia, sun-sentinel.com, 8 Apr. 2021

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1981, in the meaning defined above

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“Autism spectrum disorder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/autism%20spectrum%20disorder. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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 Beck Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are characterized by impairments in social behaviors that are sometimes coupled to specialized cognitive abilities.— Katsuhiko Tabuchi et al. Nearly 2 million Americans have Asperger's or other autistic spectrum disorders that mute their social radar.— Michelle Green abbreviation ASD

called also pervasive developmental disorder

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