Medical Dictionary

ASD

abbreviation

medical Definition of ASD

autism spectrum disorder; autistic spectrum disorder
  • In 1994, diagnosticians adopted the term autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which also includes children with impaired social skills but not necessarily severe intellectual disabilities or language delays.
  • —Melinda BeckThe Wall Street Journal2 Feb. 2010
  • Autism or an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) may affect 1 in every 170 children. The disorders are characterized by a child's failure to develop normal social interaction as well as various language, thought, and movement problems.
  • Science News3 June 2006

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