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 autistic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of autistic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Two of her family members work with autistic children. Samantha Hissong, Rolling Stone, 15 June 2021 This chemical interferes with acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that is critical to memory, attention and learning, and is depressed in the brains of autistic children, according to the report. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Apr. 2021 Paige Wallis of Malden, Massachusetts, was relieved after her autistic 16-year-old daughter, Sylvie, got her first Pfizer shot last week. NBC News, 31 Mar. 2021 Forbes runs a business that helps autistic children. Matison Little, orlandosentinel.com, 3 Nov. 2020 The different groups that were targeted included autistic children to veterans with PTSD. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, 23 Sep. 2020 Through Kayla Cromer's performance as Matilda, an autistic teen, Thomas' comedy has adding to the stories being told on TV. Alamin Yohannes, EW.com, 3 June 2021 Police are searching for a 47-year-old autistic woman who was last seen early Sunday leaving a casino in Chula Vista with an unknown male, police said. Lauryn Schroeder, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 May 2021 The sad story of the 22-year-old autistic angler’s loss did not go unnoticed by an armada of anglers, said Mike Durkalec, fishery manager for the Cleveland Metroparks. cleveland, 27 May 2021 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, 24 May 2017 Thirty years later, the belief persists that autistics can reliably count a pile of toothpicks at a glance. Donna Levin, Smithsonian, 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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19 Jun 2021

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“Autistic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/autistic. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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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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