pervasive developmental disorder

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Definition of pervasive developmental disorder

Circa 1981

First Known Use of pervasive developmental disorder

circa 1981


Medical Dictionary

pervasive developmental disorder

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

Medical Definition of pervasive developmental disorder

  1. :  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, 7 Aug. 1994 Between 200,000 and 300,000 infants and toddlers are diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorders such as autism.—The Orlando Sentinel, 9 May 1993—abbreviation PDD


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