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

called also pervasive developmental disorder

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In June 2021, there were 2,641 Rhode Island children ages 3 to 21 with autism spectrum disorder who received special education services, according to the latest Rhode Island Kids Count Fact Book. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 16 June 2022 For years, people have spread rumors online using a variety of angles, including rumors about vaccines and autism spectrum disorder, sudden infant death syndrome and developmental delays. Tribune News Service, al, 24 May 2022 Page was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder earlier that year, and his parents placed him in an established treatment center, according to the Doe Network. Layla Mcmurtrie, Detroit Free Press, 8 June 2022 Your husband has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Mariah Tauger, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2022 Pot shot: The Ohio House on Wednesday sent to the Senate a bill that would legalize medical marijuana for people with autism spectrum disorder. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, 3 Mar. 2022 That's because the state-of-the-art complex at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif., proudly comes equipped with not one but three Sensory Rooms specially designed for people with invisible disabilities, such as autism spectrum disorder. Jd Knapp, PEOPLE.com, 10 May 2022 Children with autism spectrum disorder often grapple with sensory processing issues -- a disorder of the brain that affects developing children and adults. Bypenelope Lopez, ABC News, 29 Apr. 2022 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 1 in 44 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2022 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 17 Aug. 2022.

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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

called also pervasive developmental disorder

Last Updated: 21 Jul 2022

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