autism spectrum disorder

noun

variants or less commonly autistic 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

Examples of autism spectrum disorder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Autism Society of Maryland ($5,000): to support people with autism spectrum disorder and their families with information, support and advocacy. Staff Report, Baltimore Sun, 9 Jan. 2024 My son, a tween, was just diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder — essentially what would have been called Asperger’s a few years ago. Meghan Leahy, Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2024 According to the World Health Organization, autism spectrum disorders are a diverse group of conditions, but characterized by varying challenges with social interaction and communication. Emily St. Martin, Los Angeles Times, 12 Dec. 2023 Some, in describing their journey, noted that they were first diagnosed with Asperger's, which is no longer a separate diagnosis in the diagnostic manual medical professionals use and now falls under the umbrella of autism spectrum disorder. Freep.com, 28 Apr. 2023 Asperger's syndrome and autism both come under the autism spectrum disorder. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 9 Dec. 2023 Draper is a licensed clinical social worker with a focus on autism spectrum disorder and eating disorders. Alex Thomas, Arkansas Online, 25 Oct. 2023 Experts say people with autism spectrum disorder value comfort and routine. Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 27 Aug. 2023 Maggie Storm, a Culver City, Calif., parent of two children with autism spectrum disorder, remembers being hesitant about letting her daughter know the diagnosis. Victoria Clayton, Washington Post, 12 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1981, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of autism spectrum disorder was in 1981

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Cite this Entry

“Autism spectrum disorder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/autism%20spectrum%20disorder. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

autism spectrum disorder

noun
variants also autistic 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
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