autistic disorder

noun

: 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

Examples of autistic disorder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, the four separate diagnoses related to autism -- autistic disorder, Asperger's disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified -- would now be referred to as autism spectrum disorders [Los Angeles Times] . Andrew Moseman, Discover Magazine, 10 Feb. 2010 That seems the most natural reading: Another example taken from Pierre Delion’s practice as a therapist for children with autistic disorder is the ‘‘packing’’ technique (Goeb et al., 2008). Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 7 Oct. 2011 Some scientists and doctors wanted more time to study the disorder and distinguish it from autistic disorder. Korin Miller, Health.com, 10 May 2021 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, 5 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of autistic disorder was in 1951

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“Autistic disorder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/autistic%20disorder. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

autistic disorder

noun
: 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
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