stereotypy

noun
ste·​reo·​ty·​py | \ˈster-ē-ə-ˌtī-pē, ˈstir-\
plural stereotypies

Definition of stereotypy 

1 medical : frequent repetition of the same, typically purposeless movement, gesture, posture, or vocal sounds or utterances (as in autism spectrum disorder) This disorder is characterized by postnatal reduction in brain growth, with hand stereotypy, seizures, sensorimotor and autonomic deficits, and curtailment of social, language, cognitive, and neurologic development.— Isabelle Rapin Stereotypies are problematic because they compete for time and energy that a child could be using to learn new skills.— Alan Harchik

2 veterinary : abnormal repetitive behavior Spending time away from family and a familiar environment can be very stressful for some pets. It appears that Max has developed a stereotypy (circling) as a result of the anxiety he feels at the kennel.— Katherine A. Houpt

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circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

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stereotypy

noun
ste·​reo·​ty·​py | \ˈster-ē-ə-ˌtī-pē, ˈstir- \
plural stereotypies

Medical Definition of stereotypy 

: frequent almost mechanical repetition of the same posture, movement, or form of speech (as in schizophrenia)

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