pervasive developmental disorder


Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Mason has been diagnosed with ADHD, explosive disorder, pervasive developmental disorder and autism, among other conditions. Sydney Czyzon, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 June 2019 Brayson had been diagnosed with fragile X syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, impulse control disorder and dysphasia, according to records obtained by IndyStar. Marisa Kwiatkowski, Indianapolis Star, 31 May 2018 After three months and several tests, Ameera was eventually diagnosed with a form of autism called PDD (pervasive developmental disorders). Redbook, 6 June 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1981, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pervasive developmental disorder was circa 1981

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pervasive developmental disorder


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“Pervasive developmental disorder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition

pervasive developmental disorder

per·​va·​sive developmental disorder pər-ˈvā-siv-, -ziv- How to pronounce pervasive developmental disorder (audio)
: autism spectrum disorder
Pervasive developmental disorder is the more serious, impairing a child's ability to develop cognitive, language, motor, social or imagination skills.Lisa W. Foderaro, The New York Times
Between 200,000 and 300,000 infants and toddlers are diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorders such as autism.The Orlando Sentinel
abbreviation PDD
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