neurotypical

adjective neu·ro·typ·i·cal \ ˌnu̇r-ō-ˈti-pi-kəl , ˌnyu̇r- \
Updated on: 16 May 2018

Definition of neurotypical

: not affected with a developmental disorder and especially autism spectrum disorder : exhibiting or characteristic of typical neurological development
  • neurotypical students
  • the neurotypical brain

neurotypical

noun

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1994

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neurotypical

adjective neu·ro·typ·i·cal \ ˌn(y)u̇r-(ˌ)ȯ-ˈti-pi-kəl \

medical Definition of neurotypical

: not affected with a developmental disorder and especially autism spectrum disorder : exhibiting or characteristic of typical neurological development
  • With developmental disorders, there is an added layer of confusion because people often appear neurotypical; they function well in some situations and not in others.
  • —Sallie TisdaleHarper'sApril 2012

neurotypical

noun
    • Studies have repeatedly shown that people with autism perform better than neurotypicals (that is, people whose brains function in a more typical fashion) on embedded-figure tests—a variation on the old something's hidden-in-the-picture game.
    • —Temple Grandin and Richard PanekTime7 Oct. 2013

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