developmental disorder

noun

plural developmental disorders
: a condition (such as autism or dyslexia) that is typically marked by delayed development or impaired function especially in learning, language, communication, cognition, behavior, socialization, or mobility : developmental disability
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the name for a group of developmental disorders that include a wide range of symptoms, skills and levels of disability.Meredith Moss

Examples of developmental disorder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Gainer’s developmental disorder heightened the emotions of the typical argument, Lacy said. Ben Brasch, Washington Post, 14 Mar. 2024 This push and pull between networks may not work the same way in people with psychiatric or developmental disorders, Menon suspects. Nora Bradford, WIRED, 3 Mar. 2024 Researchers say that diagnoses of these problems are increasing faster than those of any other developmental disorder. IEEE Spectrum, 27 June 2011 Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is one of the most common developmental disorders in children, particularly boys. TIME, 11 Jan. 2024 The incipient technology holds promise as a new weapon for fighting a range of diseases, from cancer to cystic fibrosis and other developmental disorders, and Schreiber and Crabtree have become two of the most widely read and cited researchers in all of science. Gary Taubes, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 In some cases, the parents didn’t know much about the developmental disorder. IEEE Spectrum, 11 May 2020 Molly Parker, reporting in southern Illinois, joined the program in 2018; her most recent project looked at deplorable conditions at a remote state facility for people with developmental disorders and mental illnesses. ProPublica, 18 Sep. 2023 The brother, who was reported to police to be a person with a developmental disorder, grabbed the flight control yoke during the flight and attempted to move it around,’' according to the statement released by Brooks. John R. Ellement, BostonGlobe.com, 26 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of developmental disorder was in 1834

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“Developmental disorder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/developmental%20disorder. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

developmental disorder

noun
: a condition (such as autism or dyslexia) that is typically marked by delayed development or impaired function especially in learning, language, communication, cognition, behavior, socialization, or mobility : developmental disability
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