pervasive developmental disorder

noun
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of pervasive developmental disorder

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pervasive developmental disorder

noun per·va·sive developmental disorder \ pər-ˈvā-siv-, -ziv- \

medical Definition of pervasive developmental disorder

: 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. FoderaroThe New York Times7 Aug. 1994
  • Between 200,000 and 300,000 infants and toddlers are diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorders such as autism.
  • The Orlando Sentinel9 May 1993
abbreviation PDD

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