autistic

adjective
au·​tis·​tic | \ ȯ-ˈti-stik How to pronounce autistic (audio) \

Definition of autistic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or marked by autism or autism spectrum disorder autistic behavior autistic children

autistic

noun

Definition of autistic (Entry 2 of 2)

: an individual affected with autism or autism spectrum disorder

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Other Words from autistic

Adjective

autistically \ ȯ-​ˈti-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce autistically (audio) \ adverb

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

And soon, dozens of facilitators across the country began claiming their autistic or intellectually disabled students were detailing abuse. David Ovalle And Kyra Gurney, miamiherald, "How a teacher’s ‘junk science’ landed a dad in jail on charge of raping his autistic son | Miami Herald," 8 Mar. 2018 Parents of autistic kids would cut the scratchy tags out of their children’s t-shirts. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "Designing “Adaptive Clothing” For Those With Special Needs," 8 May 2018 In 2016, Austin Skidmore resided at Laurel Heights Hospital, a psychiatric residential facility for autistic youth in Atlanta owned by Universal Health Services Inc. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Psychiatric Hospitals With Safety Violations Still Get Accreditation," 26 Dec. 2018 The data showed lower levels of RNA editing in the autistic brains. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Autism involves a large-scale reduction in RNA editing," 21 Dec. 2018 Tim tackles household chores before turning to Jon, staying up as long as his dad is awake At the time of Jon Meadows’s injury, Tim was 18 and living in Connecticut with his son, Oliver, two, who is autistic, and attending college. Lydia Woolever, Popular Mechanics, "How Families Are Taking Care of Wounded Veterans," 28 Nov. 2018 Oliver's wife also testified, saying in Spanish that she was concerned about their 3-year-old son, who is autistic, and the boy's future without his father at home. Ryan Tarinelli, Fox News, "Mom: Ex-Texas officer convicted of murder is a devoted dad," 30 Aug. 2018 The mother of an autistic child, she is forced to skip two days of work every week because of the flights. Danica Coto, The Seattle Times, "A year after Maria, Puerto Rican kidney patients fear death," 18 Sep. 2018 Eighty-nine people were asked to communicate with a Nao robot, an adorable companion bot which are used in marketing, classrooms, and even working to help autistic children develop social skills. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Robots Can Be Pretty Convincing When They Ask You Not to Shut Them Down," 3 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Thirty years later, the belief persists that autistics can reliably count a pile of toothpicks at a glance. Donna Levin, Smithsonian, "Why Your Next Favorite Fictional Protagonist Might Be on the Autism Spectrum," 24 May 2017 Thirty years later, the belief persists that autistics can reliably count a pile of toothpicks at a glance. Donna Levin, Smithsonian, "Why Your Next Favorite Fictional Protagonist Might Be on the Autism Spectrum," 24 May 2017

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First Known Use of autistic

Adjective

1942, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1965, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of autistic was in 1942

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autistic

adjective
au·​tis·​tic | \ ȯ-ˈtis-tik How to pronounce autistic (audio) \

Medical Definition of autistic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or marked by autism or autism spectrum disorder autistic behavior autistic children

autistic

noun

Medical Definition of autistic (Entry 2 of 2)

: an individual affected with autism or autism spectrum disorder

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