autistic disorder

noun

Definition of autistic disorder

: autism Autistic disorder is classic autism, one of the more severe disorders on the spectrum. Persons with autistic disorder have substantial impairment in social skills, verbal communication, and cognitive and behavioral flexibility.— Isabelle Rapin

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Recent Examples on the Web Now a new study shows that the roots of autistic disorders are detectable so early in life that, other than genes, any parental contribution to the disorder is probably nil. Susan Pinker, WSJ, "New Tools Detect Autism Disorders Earlier in Lives," 5 Oct. 2017

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1951, in the meaning defined above

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“Autistic disorder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/autistic%20disorder. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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autistic disorder

noun

Medical Definition of autistic disorder

: autism Autistic disorder is classic autism, one of the more severe disorders on the spectrum. Persons with autistic disorder have substantial impairment in social skills, verbal communication, and cognitive and behavioral flexibility.— Isabelle Rapin, The New England Journal of Medicine, 1 Aug. 2002

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