a developmental disorder characterized by severely impaired social skills, repetitive behaviors, and often, a narrow set
of interests, but not involving delayed development of linguistic and cognitive abilities: now considered one of the autism spectrum disorders
Also, Asperger's syndrome /ˈæspərgərz/ [as-per-gerz] Show IPA .
Also called Asperger's, Asperger's disorder.
named after Hans Asperger, 1906–80, Austrian pediatrician, who described it in 1944