pervasive developmental disorder


Examples of pervasive developmental disorder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, the four separate diagnoses related to autism -- autistic disorder, Asperger's disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified -- would now be referred to as autism spectrum disorders [Los Angeles Times] . Andrew Moseman, Discover Magazine, 10 Feb. 2010 My 23-year-old has pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS). Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, 18 Feb. 2023 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 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

pervasive developmental disorder

per·​va·​sive developmental disorder pər-ˈvā-siv-, -ziv- How to pronounce pervasive developmental disorder (audio)
: autism spectrum disorder

Note: In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association removed the group of diagnoses known as pervasive developmental disorders and replaced them with a single diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.

Pervasive developmental disorders (PDD), now known as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), are characterized by delays in the development of social and communication skills.National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
abbreviation PDD
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