autism spectrum disorder

noun
variants: or less commonly

autistic spectrum disorder

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 —called also pervasive developmental disorder

First Known Use of autism spectrum disorder

1992


Medical Dictionary

autism spectrum disorder

noun
variants: also

autistic spectrum disorder

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


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